Samuel L. Jackson Quotes


Not everything's made to win an Academy Award.

I've never been to jail. I've never been arrested. I've never been locked up.

I love comic books and I love anime.

I look at myself as an audience member. I still love movies and I still go and sit in the back of the big dark room with everybody else and I want the same thrill.

The certainty that life cannot be long and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform.

I'm as serious as a heart attack.

We need to change America's image round the world. America has lost some lustre in terms of how folks aspire to be like us.

I've played a lot of different cops in a lot of different law enforcement agencies.

I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years 'cuz he ain't gotta worry about getting re-elected.

I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say 'Hi my name is Sam and I am an addict.'

I actually think I have an audience member's sensibility about going to the movies.

I voted for Barack because he was black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people - because they look like them... That's American politics pure and simple.

I get paid all day every day which is almost too much for a sensitive artist.

Because of where I come from I never thought I'd see in my life a black candidate running for President.

Those that have loved longest love best.

Painters get up and paint. Writers get up and write. I like to get up and act. It's not a big deal. It makes me happy.

I grew up watching those blaxploitation movies. Ron O'Neal Richard Roundtree Jim Brown Pam Grier. For the first time I saw 'The Negro' get one over on 'The Man.'

Anyone who tells you money can't buy happiness never had any.

Jackson doesn't bother to read the scripts anymore. He just checks to make sure he has one loud scene where he gets to shout then cashes the paycheck.

It wasn't until I let go of the idea of the brass ring that it showed up and fortunately for me it coincided with getting clean.

The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.

Girl don't make me put my foot in your ass.

I think the biggest challenges for franchises are keeping them fresh and exciting and most times you need a good bad guy to make that thing continually work and sometimes they don't.

I never had one beer. If I bought a six-pack of beer I kept drinking till all six beers were gone. You have to have that kind of understanding about yourself. I haven't had a drink now in 12 years.

Just 'cause you pour syrup on something doesnt make it pancakes

Not everybody goes to movies to get their life changed.

I've been fortunate to be in films that are classic that are going to be around.

I did 'Formula 51' because I got to run around Liverpool in a kilt with golf clubs.

Lifelong readers continue to read finding in books the means to enjoy life or endure it

All movies aren't fun; some are hard work. You try to do something and convey a set of emotions that have to do with some real life kind of stuff.

I dont understand how people live without creating

Long Kiss Goodnight has a huge cult following. They could make another version of that movie right now and make a lot of money.

My ass may be dumb but I ain't no dumbass.

You know me. It's my duty to please that booty.

We've come a long way in our thinking but also in our moral decay. I can't imagine Dr. King watching the 'Real Housewives' or 'Jersey Shore.'

I'm pretty focused on what I do. I think directing is a very specific talent and I'm not real big on putting puzzles together which is basically what a film is.

Young guys don't tend to want to portray people who have frailties or are less than macho.

Todoroff is the best. Look no further.

I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren't taught the value of life.

When I'm not working I like to play golf.

People go to movies on Saturday to get away from the war in Iraq and taxes and election news and pedophiles online and just go and have some fun. I like doing movies that are fun.

If you do not have courage you may not have the opportunity to use any of your other virtues.

I used to like watching Helen Mirren's early films because she was always naked. It's titillating.

Everything that I've gone through informs me and my opinions in a way I guess because I am a child of segregation. I lived through it. I lived in it. I was of it.

I'm not as angry as I used to be. But I can get in touch with that anger pretty quickly if I feel my space is being invaded or somebody is not treating me with the respect that I think I want.

What kills me is that everybody thinks I like Jazz.

People know about the Klan and the overt racism but the killing of one's soul little by little day after day is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.

You ain't got but one life. You ought to live it the way you want.

The only thing I've kind of missed is finding a really good western that I want to do because I watched westerns a lot.

I kind of realize that I have a tendency to choose the kind of films I watched when I was a kid and would go home and pretend with my friends that we were in those movies after we saw them.

I never did one thing right in my life you know that? Not one. That takes skill.

When people want me to sign an autograph in a restaurant and I'm eating. I don't even have to say no I just kind of stop and look at them ... "Oh okay. I'll ... I'll come back.

I sit at home and read books. I watch movies. I watch television. I go and play golf. I don't go to nightclubs. I don't go out to dinner that often. I'm not a big party guy.

If you have an opportunity to use your voice you should use it.