"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."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Tommy Lee Jones on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Tommy Lee Jones on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Tommy Lee Jones on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Tommy Lee Jones on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Tommy Lee Jones on William Shakespeare
"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."
"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."
"I don't think I would describe my sense of humor. Doesn't sound like the kind of thing I'd do."