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Don Johnson Quotes

Donnie Wayne Johnson

Don Johnson quotes: Mr. Miami Vice learns us.

“Don’t run away from things just because they scare you.  If you do, you’ll always be afraid.  It’s a bad way to live.”

“If the material is inspiring and motivates you, then it doesn’t really matter what it is.”

“Sometimes you got to get rid of the old to make way for the new.”

“Excellence cannot happen in the kind of environment that values time constraints above all else, and you certainly cannot harmonize anything within the ‘Gong Dao Bei’ until arriving at that keen level of spiritual and emotional maturity where a deep appreciation of the ultimate opportunity is felt and understood.”

“Everything gets easier when you question whether or not it serves you and if it doesn’t serve you in a way to make you behave in a better way, you’ve got to get rid of it.”

“I came to realize that what’s going on inside of you is… healing.  And when that takes place the people who are watching your work, or looking at your painting or reading your book or whatever it is—they’re getting the same thing.  They’re getting a dose of it, too.  And I never put those things together until the last few years.  It’s not that you go out there with the idea of being some sort of evangelist; quite the opposite actually.  It’s gonna take place no matter what.  I think it’s more about getting all the other sh*t out of the way—the ego, the ambition, the distractions.”

“Everything… distractions in our own lives about what’s important and what isn’t.  When you eliminate things that don’t serve you, you have all of this space and all of this capacity for delivering what you do.”

“You have to be clear about what your intentions are.  My intentions were to do something I loved and I just happened to get paid for it.  The better you are at doing something the more people notice.”

“You should forgive.  If you forgive everybody… all your family, all your friends and lovers in your life… and release all the resentments and anger… there is happiness.  I don’t want to hold any anger towards someone because that doesn’t help you.  If you’re able to make that statement, at least you understand that there’s an option.  Forgiveness, it’s happiness.  It doesn’t really cost you anything and it benefits you.”

“The very nature of cool is that you think about it too much and it becomes uncool.”

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about something my dad used to say: ‘Without knowledge, you’re less than everybody.’  And I don’t want to be less.  I don’t want to be better than anybody neither and I don’t want to go above myself.  I just want to not be less.”

“I do what I can to make young people understand that drugs can destroy their lives.  I’m the perfect example of what people can accomplish when they have regained a sane body and spirit.”

“I consider myself an artist.  God granted me some gifts so that I could express myself artistically.”

“I had no idea what I was going to do when they threw me out of school.”

“I had a horrible childhood, horrible.  I had the quinella: abuse and parents who divorced when I was 12 years old and I was the oldest.  I really was unhappy and I left home at 16.  And when you leave home at 16 and you don’t have a plan and you have to fend for yourself and put yourself through high school… that builds a powerful character.”

“I always felt confident about my skills and my ability.  I had to overcome some physical attributes that, on the surface, you would think would be an asset, because I happened to be a very attractive young man.  But I was sort of androgynous at a time when androgynous was not necessarily the thing.  I was young, skinny as a rail and had long hair and my features… I was kind of a pretty boy.  That’s not the way I felt about myself, but it was the thing I had to overcome to be taken seriously.  It was a detriment in a lot of ways.  In other ways, it was very helpful.  Because when it did work for me, then it worked in a big way.”

“It wasn’t a mission to be a rock star.  It wasn’t a mission of mine to even be a movie star.  I just intended to be a good actor.”

“I made a decision that whether or not I was going to make under the national poverty level wasn’t going to play a part in whether or not I was an actor.  That’s what I do.”

“I struggled for 15 years in this business before Miami Vice came along.”

“I didn’t expect to live to 30, okay?  So it’s all been gravy.  I think I speak for all actors: when you finish a job, you almost always think, ‘Well, that was it.  I’ll never work again.’  So every day is Christmas for actors.  Either Santa was good to you that day or not.”

“It’s my job to really commit myself to the material and the project and be proud of what I’ve done, and I am in most cases.”

“Even though some of the films I’ve made haven’t been particularly commercial, I don’t find them failures.”

“I’m not qualified for anything else, so I would imagine I’d either be doing something larcenous or I would have already been caught.”

“I’m just a simple guy swimming in a sea of sharks.”

“I’d like to think I haven’t done my best yet.”

“I move on.  Once it’s in my rearview mirror I don’t look back.  Everything changes but that’s the one thing you know.  Change for sure is coming.”

“Fame is a byproduct and a pretty powerful byproduct.  It takes a long time to get used to.  Some people never recover from it.”

“We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.”

“I can do whatever I want.  I’m rich, I’m famous, and I’m bigger than you.”

“Once you become famous, there is nothing left to become but infamous.”

“This is what I do for a living.  It’s not who I am as a human being.”

“My old man used to tell me, before he left this sh*tty world, ‘The right woman can make you, and the wrong woman can break you.'”

“I am stable when my private life is a success.”

“It’s a joy to be recognized and to have people that are interested in what you do.  That can pick up your whole day.”

“I don’t have a massive social media presence.  I mean I’m grateful for my followers on Instagram.  Getting Likes is a little dopamine hit.  It’s actually physical.  The release of dopamine which is the pleasure center of the brain.  So when you open up the Instagram and someone has liked your picture you get a little ‘bop.’  I suppose our generation did that in other ways but this seems to be shamelessly about servicing the ego.”

“My wife always says, ‘My God.  You have lived such a large life,’ and I know what she means by that.  I kind of feel like no time has passed, yet chronologically I know it has.  I don’t feel any different.  I have a good energy and great health.  I’ve kind of got a kind of magical thing going on here.”

“I feel the same as I always have—16 and unruly!”

“I like to have really fine things.  I have a great appreciation for fine art, fine homes, fine wine, fine cigars and fine friends.”

“Life’s too short to drink bad wine or smoke poor cigars.”

“If I die tomorrow, I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to do in life.”

“It’s as if my journey was set in stone early on.”

“I’m still on the right side of the grass and I’ve got free choice!”

Cory Johnson: CEO of a business he has yet to launch. As seen on your mom’s phone. Scaled to 7-figures in seven seconds selling a course on selling courses. Kidding. Watch this.