"If you want to know about my politics, the only way to do that is to look at my work."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Tommy Lee Jones on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Tommy Lee Jones on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Tommy Lee Jones on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Tommy Lee Jones on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Tommy Lee Jones on Joseph Stalin
"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."