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Emilio Estevez Quotes

Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez quotes: on his famous family, staying grounded, being perfectly imperfect, and more.

“Any project worth doing is going to cost you something personally or professionally.”

“We get very set in our ways and it’s sometimes hard to look beyond what else is out there.”

“We need to risk, we need to dare to risk and fail greatly because that’s the only way we grow.”

“I’m always nervous talking to a crowd of people. We all start from a broken and a vulnerable place. But realizing that and being able to say to young people, ‘I’m just like you, I have fears, I have anxieties,’ has been really empowering for me.”

“A person will have to face their demons one way or another, whether they are actual demons and monsters impeding the traveler’s progress, or the demons that are inside of all of us.”

“You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.”

“There is some divine intervention at work in all of our lives. Whether we choose to ignore it or embrace it is the question.”

“The low-hanging fruit is cynicism and pessimism, and it’s there if you want it. You can reach out and you can grab it, you don’t even have to make any effort.”

“The library is the cornerstone of social infrastructure: that rare place where upper-, middle- and lower-class people have an opportunity to work in the same space, sometimes side by side, all with the same goal in mind.”

“Writing is a lonely job, unless you’re a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.”

“I think that the future of the planet depends on young people speaking up, speaking out and marching in the streets. They are the real change-makers of the future. We’re at this critical tipping point in the planet, and young people get that more than the adult.”

“I think staying silent is dangerous. I think that is the only way to create change is to speak out against the injustices we see.”

“As an actor, as a filmmaker and as a writer, I have an obligation and a responsibility to use the tools that I have and the access that I have to make films that speak out against injustice, and that speak for those who are marginalized.”

“Since the beginning of time, every child on the planet has endeavored to please their parents.”

“Americans are probably more in line than ever before. We’re more moderate than we are liberal or conservative.”

“What’s the level of compromise for making that kind of money? How far do I have to sell my soul? What’s the price of that? And I don’t know if I want to make those kind of compromises any more. I think I’m a different person. I think I’ve matured to a great extent. I think that I want different things now. That it’s not about the celebrity status that you receive because you’re doing the next hot movie. It’s about doing good work.”

“There is no doubt that directing television has helped hone my directing skills. What television teaches you is to be efficient and to think on your feet. You have to adhere to strict deadlines and budget constraints.”

“Where people are now in terms of the economic crisis, they’re looking at what we think is the bottom, and I think that’s when people look to film and to spirituality.”

“Film is an illusion. Fame is ephemeral. Faith and family are what endure.”

“I credit my own strong sense of values to being the eldest child. When we were growing up in New York, my mother was a struggling artist and my father was a struggling actor. So until I was a teenager we were living paycheck to paycheck. They were really tumultuous times and, as I was the oldest, I absorbed it all more than my siblings.”

“We’re a very close family and we’re a very real family, and I think every real family has real problems.”

“In a way, with my father it feels like we’re friends rather than father and son, and I have the same relationship with my son. With my father we kind of grew up together. He was only 21 when I was born. He was still happy when he could tie his shoes, ‘What do you mean we’ve got a baby in the house?’ It was the same for me; I matured with my children and grew up with them.”

“You know, we’re a tight family. I live right down the street from my folks. I talk to my mother every day. I’m a momma’s boy. We all are. So there’s no exclusion in this family. You’re part of it. We embrace you and lift you up.”

“I’m surrounded by an extraordinary group.”

“Spiritually, we’re all on a path.”

“We’re all imperfect. And wouldn’t it be great if the message sent out by the mainstream media is that we’re fine being exactly who we are? Wouldn’t that be great for everyone?”

“We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us: that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect.”

“I’m a wonderful disaster. So are you. We’re all a mess. We’re in this culture that says take this pill and you’ll be happy, go on this diet and you’ll be thinner, have your teeth whitened, people will love you more.”

“We are in a place in history where we could all use some compassion and some empathy.”

“For people to start parking their bias at the door when they see someone on the street… an act of kindness costs nothing, so, acknowledgment goes a long way.”

“Isn’t it true that sometimes people come into our lives who we don’t want to have anything to do with, [and] ultimately teach us the greatest lesson?”

“I think there is a purpose for all of us. I think it comes down to public service and community service. What can we do to make things better, not just in our own homes but in the lives of those around us? And it’s up to politicians, pastors and community leaders to do that.”

“I remain a person of hope, rather than being an optimist.”

“We don’t think about pilgrimage in this country. We don’t think about meditation. The idea of taking a six-week walk is totally foreign to most Americans. But it’s probably exactly what we need.”

“There is a part of me that still wants to go out and grab a backpack and unplug—not take a cellphone or even a camera and just get out there and experience the world and travel. I have yet to do that, but someday I hope.”

“I don’t live a lavish lifestyle anyway, but I’ve chosen to scale back and I grow a lot of my own food and I keep my overhead very low.”

“Literally, if someone says I am grounded, everyday I am at home, I actually have my hands in the ground and dirt under my fingernails. I don’t have a staff to do it all for me. I still plant a seed and I’m amazed it grows.”

“I probably grow half my food. It’s a good way to keep perspective.”

“The first time I had sat down to a meal I had grown on my own, along with a bottle of wine that we had made, I burst into tears. To be in touch and be in tune with that is an extraordinary gift.”

“By definition, I believe I am unapologetically optimistic and I am unapologetically earnest.”

“There is wisdom in age and it’s important to be comfortable in your own skin. That is a place that we all need to get to and whether we do or not is another story. I like being my age.”

“I’m okay being exactly who I am.”

“You don’t choose a life, dad. You live one.”

“It’s okay to be exactly who you are, that God loves you no matter how broken, no matter how imperfect you are.”

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