Michael J. Fox Quotes


By the time I entered high school I had forsaken academics altogether in favor of my burgeoning acting career.

The story is a testament to the consolations that get me through and give meaning to every area of my life

The 'Rescue Me' gig was a unique opportunity to play a character - a misanthropic angry guy - who was so contrary to how people think of me.

Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued we would need no zoos at all.

My view of life is colored by humor and looking at the best in any situation.

I truly believe that we have infinite levels of power that we don't even know are available to us.

Acceptance is the key to everything.

Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations.

I don't look at life as a battle or as a fight. I don't think I'm scrappy. I'm accepting.

One's dignity may be assaulted vandalized and cruelly mocked but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

One's dignity may be assaulted vandalized and cruelly mocked but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.

I don't have any affirmations I don't have any of that stuff. My natural state is to look at things as possibilities and as opportunities.

My age makes me think how valuable life is. How bad is something like Parkinson's in relation to not having life at all?

If you want to be an agent of change it starts with you and what you're made of.

After a year or so I really thought I was Howard Hughes. Here I was at eighteen years old getting all these checks.

I'm a dad I'm a husband I'm an activist I'm a writer and I'm just a student of the world.

Since I'm not sure of the address to which to send my gratitude I put it out there in everything I do.

Teenagers blithely skip off to uncertain futures while their parents sit weeping curbside in the Volvo because the adolescent brain isn't yet formed enough to recognize and evaluate risk.

When I was younger I was always described as happy-go-lucky.

There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.

The least amount of judging we can do the better off we are.

When you're a short actor you stand on apple boxes you walk on a ramp. When you're a short star everybody else walks in a ditch.

I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two curiosity has served me best.

There are no moments you have frozen in amber. It's moving it's changing so appreciate what's good about right now and be ready for what's next.

The American political experience can therefore be viewed as optimism in the collective.

I don't keep up with it all. But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with right? What a way to build a career.

I didn't want o do metal work and get my hands all nicked up and be around guys. So I took drama because there were a lot of girls.

The biggest gift on Father's Day is if I can be with all my kids.

Only a few of us will admit it but actors will sometimes read a script like this: bullshit...bullshit...my part...blah blah blah...my part...bullshit...

My whole life meeting people is like a blind date because I feel like they've already seen the video on me.

My wife is Jewish and therefore it's my children's birthright to be Jewish.

You suffer the blow but you capitalize on the opportunity left in its wake.

The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity.

Just as Parkinson's isn't a big topic of conversation in my house neither is my career.

So what I say about Tracy is this: Tracy's big challenge is not having a Parkinson's patient for a husband. It's having me for a husband. I happen to be a Parkinson's patient.

When I was 20 I would have taken a bullet in the head to never have to be 35.

What other people think about me is not my business.

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

The thing that brings people to wail at a wall or face Mecca or to go to church is a search for that feeling of purity.

He gave life to the breath- oxygen a simple gas he transferred into words ideas hope.

You've probably read in People that I'm a nice guy - but when the doctor first told me I had Parkinson's I wanted to kill him.

I urge you to be challenged and inspired by what you do not know.

In fact Parkinson's has made me a better person. A better husband father and overall human being.

I don't look at myself as a leader. I do look at myself as part of a community.

I can get sad I can get frustrated I can get scared but I never get depressed - because there's joy in my life.

A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.

You know what's cool? My kids think I'm ordinary.

If Spirituality is that you're humble in the face of forces greater than you and you believe those forces are more inclined toward being good than being bad then I'm a spiritual person.

I worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn't being made.

Pity is a benign form of abuse.

I definitely believe in a higher power.

I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man.

If you fixate on the worst-case scenario and it actually happens you've lived it twice.

Curiosity may have killed the cat but it saved my ass.

Life delivered me a catastrophe but I found a richness of soul.

Everything is cause and effect. If you don't move nothing will move with you and nothing will move toward you.

Our challenges don't define us our actions do.

In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings.

As with any turning point or instance when a new road is chosen and an old one forsaken there are consequences.

Chris[topher] Reeve wisely parsed the difference between optimism and hope. Unlike optimism he said 'Hope is the product of knowledge and the projection of where the knowledge can take us.

I might have skipped class but I didn't miss any lessons.

I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer a musician a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.

As for my own truncated secondary education my head was in the clouds as my mom would say or if you asked my father up my ass.

Life is the power that's greater than I can ever comprehend.

Life is the power that's greater than I can ever comprehend. The way life runs through everything even the tiniest elements of nature - that makes me humble.

I always felt that I came up short in the education department but I've come to the conclusion that we all get an education.

I'm glad I don't have a drinking problem ' I confided 'because I don't think I'd ever be able to quit.

Optimism is a cure for many things.

Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided great progress in the treatment cure and prevention of disease can occur.

Do the right thing and then do the next right thing and that will lead you to the next right thing after that.

I'm also very proud to be a part of a trilogy of films that if they do nothing else allow people to check their problems at the door sit down and have a good time.

I still play hockey every now and then and I still golf. But my biggest exercise is walking my big dog in the park every day.

Disease is a non-partisan problems that requires a non-partisan solution.

Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone's watching or not.

I have so many things that I say to my kids I just drive them crazy.

My experience is to deal with things through humor.

I discovered that I was part of a Parkinson's community with similar experiences and similar questions that I'd been dealing with alone.

Ironic that in order to do my life's work I had to quit my day job.

I'm not a shill for the Democratic Party.

I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.

Happiness is a decision.

But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it's not how our similarities work together; it's how our differences work together.

The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It's got five or six people new show every night same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.

The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.

Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

I think there's a God and I know it's not me. I don't have a set of tenets but I live an ethical life.

I was eccentric even as a kid. I was an early reader an early talker. I was very curious in a way that maybe the other kids weren't. I was a little more outgoing.

The more I expect the more unhappy I am going to be. The more I accept the more serene I am.

As much as Parkinson's is about movement the end stage is being frozen. So the more I let that happen the more I'm gonna be stuck within that and unable to reverse it.

By 21 I was earning six figures a week. By 23 I had a Ferrari. It was nuts.

I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it's proactive and there is positive intent behind it.

Don't spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will and if by some fluke it does you will have lived it twice.

[My son] will have a fairly stable future. Not one where the schoolyard talk is whose father grossed $8 million on his last picture.

If you have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow you're pissing all over today.

I really love being alive. I love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That's what happiness is.

I can say "I don't have anything I regret!" But I can also say "I can go forward in my life the way it is and I don't think I'll accrue any future regrets.

They did something once that slurred my speech and I thought "Oh man you're messing with my brain. It's freaking me out.

I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face.

Pain is temporary film is forever.

The secret to a good marriage as far as I am concerned is a joke I make: Keep the fights clean and the sex dirty.

I've never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded.

When life takes away something of greater value is always given in return.

I don't set a whole lot of goals. It smacks a little bit of will to me and I find that will is not the way to go for me.

I think there's a god and I know it's not me.

Humility is always a good thing. It's always a good thing to be humbled by circumstances so you can then come from a sincere place to try to deal with them.

No matter how much money you have you can lose it.

If you allow for the possibilities of something better you move toward it instinctively.

Control is illusory. No matter what university you go to no matter what degree you hold if your goal is to becomes master of your own destiny you have more to learn.

Vanity's really overrated. When I was 20 teenage girls had my picture on the wall... I don't need to be pretty anymore. I just am who I am.

As a kid I was into music played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.

Everybody in the world knew I was before I knew who I was.

Everybody in the world knew who I was before I knew who I was.

I don't want people to kick my ass I just want to get to a point where they can't kick it.

I don't feel a yearning or a sense of missed opportunities. I don't have many regrets. So that's a nice feeling. To have no regrets and still have enough sense of adventure to take on risk.

I happen to be a Parkinson's patient. I'm not fearful of my condition or my future - but if someone is looking in my eyes for fear then they see their own fear reflected back at them.

I have a remarkably normal life.

Look at the choices you have not the choices that have been taken away from you. In them there are whole worlds of strength and new ways to look at things.

I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.

That's the way I look at things - if you focus on the worst case scenario and it happens you've lived it twice. It sounds like Pollyanna-ish tripe but I'm telling you - it works for me.

I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away something of greater value has been given.

I often say now I don't have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson's but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.

The moment I understood this - that my Parkinson's was the one thing I wasn't going to change - I started looking at the things I could change like the way research is funded.

Certainly people have a lot tougher situations than I've had to deal with. But I will say we are all dying from the moment we are born. This is not just rehearsal.

I can't be smug because I know that you can lose anything at any point. And I can't be angry because I haven't lost it.

My tattoo is that I don't have a tattoo.