100+ Jack Lemmon Quotes That You Just Cannot Miss

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Jack Lemmon quotes that you just cannot miss. There are so many Jack Lemmon quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Jack Lemmon quotes exists just do that.

Jack Lemmon had been a very famous American actor who and she had been nominated for the Academy Award eight times, and he has won two times. Jack Lemmon has starred in more than 60 movies. Jack Lemmon has made appearances in Some Like It Hot (1959), Mister Roberts (1955, for which he won the year’s Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Apartment (1960), The Great Race (1965), Irma la Douce (1963), Save the Tiger (Academy Award for Best Actor), The Odd Couple (1968, and its sequel The Odd Couple II (1998), both with frequent co-star Walter Matthau), Missing (1982), The China Syndrome (1979), and also, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).

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“How do you know that God didn’t speak to Charles Darwin?”

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“I have never lost a total passion for my work.”

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“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.”

Jack Lemmon popular quotes “Dying is not a sin. Not living is.”

Jack Lemmon quotes “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

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“Acting doesn’t have anything to do with listening to the words. We never really listen, in general conversation, to what the other person is saying. We listen to what they mean. And what they mean is often quite apart from the words. When you see a scene between two actors that goes really well you can be sure they’re not listening to each other – they’re feeling what the other person is trying to get at. Know what I mean?”

“Anything truly worthwhile does not come easy. If it did, it would not be all that worthwhile.”

“Everything that is truly worthwhile – I think passion is involved in your approach to it. No matter what it is.”

“how she moves. That’s just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motors. I tell you, it’s a whole different sex! Joe: What are you afraid of? Nobody’s asking you to have a baby.”

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

“I had no desire to be in the movies. All my training had been in the theater, thank God.”

“I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we’ll ever see.”

“I think whatever you do, if you are going to do it well or even if you don’t do it well, you have to have a passion for it, and I am passionate about it. I love it. I respect it and it gets me. I get off on acting,”

“I was born in an elevator, and – as my mother said – naturally it was going down. She said, “All I remember is telling your father, ‘That’s it! Never again!'” That’s why I’m an only child.”

“I was lying ten and had a thirty-five foot putt. I whispered over my shoulder: “How does this one break?” And my caddie said, “Who cares?””

“I won’t quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.”

“I would rather play Hamlet with no rehearsal than TV golf.”

“I’d rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar.”

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.”

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

“If you’ve been fortunate enough to live out your dream in the profession of your choice, then you have an obligation to send the elevator back down.”

“It can be a simple sentence that makes one single point and you build for that. You zero in on one moment that gets that character, you go for it, that’s it, man, and if you fail the whole thing is down the drain, but if you make it you hit the moon.”

“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”

“My career has been full of remarkable coincidences that have nothing to do with me.”

“No matter how successful you get, always send the elevator back down.”

“Nobody deserves this much money – certainly not an actor.”

“Part of an actor’s job is to actually adopt the world-view of the character she is playing and to tell the story from that vantage point. If an actor represses large aspects of their personality, they will have a severely limited range and castability. Great actors cultivate effortless access to their subpersonalities. Many acting teachers call this ‘freeing your instrument.'”

“People are probably correct when they see me as the so-called Everyman. I’m attracted primarily to contemporary characters. I understand them and their frustrations.”

“She has never messed up a single take yet. Recently I was in a scene and there was a table covered with a cloth. When the director said cut, I saw a black nose and two paws inching out from under the cloth. She had hidden there without making a sound until we were done with the scene. She wanted to be nearer to me.”

“Stay humble. Always answer the phone — no matter who else is in the car.”

“Success is always somebody else’s opinion of you; but it doesn’t amount to a damn compared to your own opinion of yourself.”

“We’re doing very serious stuff. But some of the stuff we pull with each other in between is not serious at all, and also not repeatable.”

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“When I’m reading material, if I’m a little bit afraid of a part and I’m willing to admit that to myself, then I’ll do it, definitely. If I’m worried about being able to do it, to get it -I absolutely just love it.”

“You can get material that has a point of view, like a ‘Missing’ or a ‘China Syndrome’ or ‘Wine and Roses,’ whatever it might be, ‘Save the Tiger.’ You don’t have to agree with the point of view that the author had, but if it makes you think, then it has moved you, and made you do something you wouldn’t do if you had not seen it,”

“[accepting his award at the 2000 Golden Globes] In the spirit of Ving Rhames, I’m going to give this award to Jack Lemmon.”

“If you think it’s difficult to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

“The worst part about being me is when people want me to make them laugh.”

“I won’t quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.”

“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”

“Nobody deserves this much money – certainly not an actor.”

“[on Marilyn Monroe] Difficult? Yes. But she was a wonderful comedienne and she had a charisma like no one before or since.”

“[on Judy Holliday] She was intelligent and not at all like the dumb blonds she so often depicted. She didn’t give a damn where the camera was placed, how she
was made to look, or about being a star. She just played the scene — acted with, not at. She was also one of the nicest people I ever met.”

“[on Billy Wilder] I’ve had directors who were marvelous at breaking scenes down and handling people. But when you would string all the pearls together, they
wouldn’t make a beautiful necklace. But Billy is the kind of picture-maker who can make a beautiful string of pearls. He makes the kind of movies that are
classics and last forever.”

“[on Walter Matthau] Walter is a helluva actor. The best I’ve ever worked with.”

“[on Shirley MacLaine] She hated rehearsals and had a bad habit of ad-libbing, which didn’t set well with Billy Wilder. But we got used to each other, because
mainly she’s a helluva girl.”

“(On comedic roles in 1970) I really can’t be funny unless it’s part of the character. It really bugs me when someone thinks of me as a comic. If I read
‘comedian Jack Lemmon,’ I gag. That means I’m not an actor – which I am.”

“(In a 1984 interview) “I’ve worked with great actors, great directors, and had some marvelous parts. Oh, my God, I don’t know any actor who has had more
tremendous parts! I really don’t. I don’t know of one, and I think it’s why we’re sitting here. I think it’s why I’m still around.”

“(on Judy Holliday) She was one of the greats, and her early death was one of the great tragedies. She was also one of the nicest people I ever hope to meet.
She was hardly the dizzy blonde. If she were alive today, she would’ve zipped right through the Mensa puzzles. God, I was sweating gumdrops, on the plane
coming here trying to do those those suckers.”

“(On Marilyn Monroe) … a good light comedienne, unique. She wasn’t that enormously talented, but her gift was knowing how to use the special kind of talent
she had to great advantage… I really couldn’t get to know what was inside her. She would put up a glass window and never let anyone in.”

“It’s better to work with a Billy Wilder once or with a John Ford once than to work with four other directors who do not have that touch of genius.”

“Wilder goes for the home run every time, and sometimes he strikes out. So did Babe Ruth, but Ruth was the greatest of them all, and, in my opinion, so is
Billy.”

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“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”

“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.”

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.”

“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.”

“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

“I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we’ll ever see.”

“I think whatever you do, if you are going to do well or even if you don’t do it well, you have to have a passion for it, and I am passionate about it. I love it. I respect it and it gets me. I get off on acting.”

“I was lying ten and had a thirty-five foot putt. I whispered over my shoulder: “How does this one break?” And my caddie said, “Who cares?””

“I would rather play Hamlet with no rehearsal than TV golf.”

“Anything truly worthwhile does not come easy. If it did, it would not be all that worthwhile.”

“Nobody deserves this much money – certainly not an actor.”

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.”

“My career has been full of remarkable coincidences that have nothing to do with me.”

“She has never messed up a single take yet. Recently I was in a scene and there was a table covered with a cloth. When the director said cut, I saw a black nose and two paws inching out from under the cloth. She had hidden there without making a sound until we were done with the scene. She wanted to be nearer to me.”

“No matter how successful you get, always send the elevator back down.”

“Stay humble. Always answer your phone – no matter who else is in the car.”

“When I’m reading material, if I’m a little bit afraid of a part and I’m willing to admit that to myself, then I’ll do it, definitely. If I’m worried about being able to do it, to get it -I absolutely just love it.”

“Acting doesn’t have anything to do with listening to the words. We never really listen, in general conversation, to what the other person is saying. We listen to what they mean. And what they mean is often quite apart from the words. When you see a scene between two actors that goes really well you can be sure they’re not listening to each other – they’re feeling what the other person is trying to get at. Know what I mean?”

“Dying is not a sin. Not living is.”

“It can be a simple sentence that makes one single point and you build for that. You zero in on one moment that gets that character, you go for it, that’s it, man, and if you fail the whole thing is down the drain, but if you make it you hit the moon.”

“How do you know that God didn’t speak to Charles Darwin?”

“People are probably correct when they see me as the so-called Everyman. I’m attracted primarily to contemporary characters. I understand them and their frustrations.”

“I have never lost a total passion for my work.”

“I won’t quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.”

“I’d rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar.”

“how she moves. That’s just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motors. I tell you, it’s a whole different sex! Joe: What are you afraid of? Nobody’s asking you to have a baby.”

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

“No matter how successful you get, always send the elevator back down.”

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.”

“Anything truly worthwhile does not come easy. If it did, it would not be all that worthwhile.”

“I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we’ll ever see.”

“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”

“Success is always somebody else’s opinion of you; but it doesn’t amount to a damn compared to your own opinion of yourself.”

“Acting doesn’t have anything to do with listening to the words. We never really listen, in general conversation, to what the other person is saying. We listen to what they mean. And what they mean is often quite apart from the words. When you see a scene between two actors that goes really well you can be sure they’re not listening to each other – they’re feeling what the other person is trying to get at. Know what I mean?”

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

“If you’ve been fortunate enough to live out your dream in the profession of your choice, then you have an obligation to send the elevator back down.”

“Dying is not a sin. Not living is.”

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.”

“My career has been full of remarkable coincidences that have nothing to do with me.”

“Everything that is truly worthwhile – I think passion is involved in your approach to it. No matter what it is.”

“How do you know that God didn’t speak to Charles Darwin?”

“Part of an actor’s job is to actually adopt the world-view of the character she is playing and to tell the story from that vantage point. If an actor represses large aspects of their personality, they will have a severely limited range and castability. Great actors cultivate effortless access to their subpersonalities. Many acting teachers call this ‘freeing your instrument.'”

“I was born in an elevator, and – as my mother said – naturally it was going down. She said, “All I remember is telling your father, ‘That’s it! Never again!'” That’s why I’m an only child.”

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.”

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“I think whatever you do, if you are going to do well or even if you don’t do it well, you have to have a passion for it, and I am passionate about it. I love it. I respect it and it gets me. I get off on acting.”

“People are probably correct when they see me as the so-called Everyman. I’m attracted primarily to contemporary characters. I understand them and their frustrations.”

“Nobody deserves this much money – certainly not an actor.”

“Stay humble. Always answer your phone – no matter who else is in the car.”

“When I’m reading material, if I’m a little bit afraid of a part and I’m willing to admit that to myself, then I’ll do it, definitely. If I’m worried about being able to do it, to get it -I absolutely just love it.”

“I have never lost a total passion for my work. “

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