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Jamie Foxx Quotes

Eric Marlon Bishop

Jamie Foxx quotes: on his unique childhood, what it means to be a man, honesty, the arts, and more.

“If you look at how long the earth has been here, we’re living in the blink of an eye.  So, whatever it is you want to do, you go out and do it.”

“No matter where you start you got the opportunity to change.”

“We can’t retract the decisions we’ve made, we can only affect the decisions we’re going to make from here.”

“You are what you repeatedly do when things get hard.”

“If you can, always be appreciative of the ebb and flow of the losses and the wins.”

“What’s on the other side of fear?  Nothing.”

“Either you do or you don’t, but there’s no penalty.  There’s no reward.  It’s just… be yourself.”

“So it’s like, when people say, ‘I’m so nervous’ – what are you nervous about?  Because all of it is in our heads.  When we talk about fear or lack of being aggressive, it’s in your head.”

“You have a responsibility to your work, to your choices.  Once you get to a certain level of quality and commitment, you don’t want to go back and make Booty Call 7.”

“I work as hard as anybody will ever work and I like that.  That’s why I’ve been successful and that is when I feel good about myself.  If I do my damnedest and don’t succeed, I feel good about the effort.”

“All of us feel special inside to where we feel as if we are the best, unique, or blessed.  Of course this is true, our error in this thought process is we forget that all the other people and all living things are just as special as we feel about ourselves.”

“I went to college on a classical piano scholarship.  My grandmother made me practice one full hour a day.  Every day.  Man.  I thought all she wanted was for me not to have any fun.  Next thing you know, you have a career in music.  Now, not everybody’s going to go on and be Mozart or Michael Jackson.  But music makes you smarter.”

“Actually, music gave me the support when I needed it.  I would never have gone to college unless I’d gotten a piano scholarship.”

“I’ve had to be a man since I was 12 or 13.  I had a job.  And I was playing the piano for people twice my age.  Handling responsibility is what makes a man a man.”

“When I was growing up in Terrell, Texas, I felt that it was not where I was supposed to be.  I knew that I was meant for a different destination.  I think that the minute I was born, there was something inside telling me where I would go.  It’s like energy – an intangible destiny.”

“Man, after all my grandma put into me learning the piano, that was a hard day, telling her I was telling jokes for a living.”

“You gotta have the balls to go out there and be funny, man.”

“I try to be as honest and open as I am with everything that I do because it’s just, um, it helps me, you know, like whether it’s stand up or singing or acting.  I just try to stay true.”

“My grandmother would say, ‘Make sure you look good.  Make sure you speak well.  Make sure you remain that Southern gentleman that I’ve taught you to be.'”

“My homies that are around me never give me that ‘star pass.’  I’ve hung out with some stars who are playing basketball and everyone lets them score all the baskets.  Shooting pool, they let them make all the shots.  My homies don’t let me get away with that.”

“I had that upbringing.  Of watching Bonanza, watching Hee Haw, which both black and white would watch.  I rode horses.  I did gun spinning as a kid.  I do these things.”

“That’s what’s great about the arts.  Everything inspires you, and you get a chance to grow from watching other people and how they do their work.”

“Yeah, anytime anybody has a kid, you know how you feel when you have a kid, you look at the world differently because your kid’s in the world now.  When it’s just you, whatever happens, happens.  But now you pay more attention to political things.  You pay more attention to things because your daughter or your son has to deal with these circumstances.”

“Connecting with my daughter is the most important thing in my life – the priority.  I want to be a man who shows up for her.  I want to have such a big influence on her, so that she knows she can call me about anything, which she does.”

“Black people are the most talented people in the world.”

“I play a slave.  How black is that?  I have to wear chains.  How whack is that?  But don’t worry.  I get free.  I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie.  How great is that?”

“I’ve been a sports fan all my life, and like most other actors, I’m convinced I could have been a pro athlete if Hollywood hadn’t come calling.”

“I’m a real person, and I’m angry.  I’m trying to use this celebrity thing to get people some help.  AIDS, poverty, racism – I want to be one of the hands that helps stop all that.  I’ll put it on my shoulders.  I’ll charge it to my account.”

“I live young and I keep the weight off of me.”

“If I fail as Jamie Foxx, I’ll just change my name and come back as something else.”

“Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right now?  I wish I could take what I’m feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we would all love each other a whole lot more.”

“In the end, if I don’t use my success for good and it’s only about furthering my career, I will have failed myself and the people who raised me.”

“Don’t waste your opportunities, top 10 rules: take responsibility, move the people, persevere, be driven, turn your light on, play the right notes, get confidence, study the greats, change your environment, and tell great stories.”

“I’m curious what makes you so curious.”

My advice?  See Samuel L. Jackson’s quotes next.

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