"All my life I've had the privilege to make my living with my imagination, and the most important thing has been to see my creative life grow. I was educated to do that and have lived accordingly."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."Tommy Lee Jones on Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."Tommy Lee Jones on Dr. Seuss
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."Tommy Lee Jones on Albert Einstein
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."Tommy Lee Jones on Albert Einstein
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"Tommy Lee Jones on Sun Tzu
"I'm a believer in belief. Faith is something that works - it causes people to do things, it has results. It's an intangible, indefinable, very real thing. And it moves people, sometimes to atrocity. And sometimes to survival."
"I fear other actors who are not prepared. And I fear directors who are afraid."
"What appeals to me? There are things, points of view, uses of the language, habits of dress, ways of thought and believing that came to me from my grandparents and came to them from theirs. Things that are of good use in any situation, no matter what the future may hold."
"My idea in terms of managing a narrative, or in thinking in my creative life, is that you could easily argue that the past, the present and the future all occur simultaneously, and if you can postulate that, then you're not strictly bound to a linear narrative."
"My home town is very small and very remote and we don't have a movie house."