"I don't direct movies for a living."
"Film spectators are quiet vampires."Tommy Lee Jones on Jim Morrison
"Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic."Tommy Lee Jones on Johnny Depp
"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."Tommy Lee Jones on Steve Martin
"This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country."Tommy Lee Jones on Clint Eastwood
"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."Tommy Lee Jones on Walt Disney
"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."