"Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It's a collective process."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Thomas Jefferson
"If you're going to put yourself above everybody else, you might end up alone."
"Making checklists of things you're looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you'll be alone forever."
"While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors."
"To be honest, I sort of feel like 'movie actor' isn't of this time. I love it. But it's a 20th-century art form."
"Celebrity doesn't have anything to do with art or craft. It's about being rich and thinking that you're better than everybody else."