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Jake Gyllenhaal Quotes

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal quotes: actor Jake Gyllenhaal talks discipline, doing work that matters, acting, family, money, and more.

“Everybody is an actor in one way or another.  We are all performing certain things.”

“I think that we all have within us the potential for almost anything.  If we play close attention to our lives, then we can get at it somehow.”

“I think no matter who you are, no matter what you do in your life, no matter where you come from, you have to fight; we all fight in different ways.  And it’s a metaphor, sometimes it’s literal, and I really believe that freedom is on the other side of discipline.  Your mind can only match where your body is.  And so it’s… you’re never mastering it, there’s always a lesson – things catch you in unexpected ways.  And I think that’s a beautiful metaphor for life.”

“Every journey starts with fear.”

“Do you know what fear stands for?  False evidence appearing real.”

“In work, never have any regrets and always leave everything on the field.”

“The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always there.  And, if you don’t acknowledge that, you are doing yourself and the process a disservice.”

“Don’t listen to what anybody says except the people who encourage you.  If it’s what you want to do and it’s within yourself, then keep going and try to do it for the rest of your life.”

“Other people’s belief changes you.  We all have insecurity, and uncertainty, and to have that glow cast over you by somebody that you respect, makes a gigantic difference.”

“I have a mentor.  I have… guides.  I have a lot of guides.  Not a lot, but people whose opinions I really respect and who I will turn to.”

“Romance is important, but to have a friend you can use as a mirror, who can give you an objective response, that’s what’s really important.”

“When somebody’s really good, they’re not just thinking about their job.”

“My parents taught me as a kid: do your work.  Do it well.  Try as hard as you can, whatever it is.  It will one day, for the long run, it will make some sort of change somewhere.”

“I was brought up, and my sister too, with two people who were always saying, ‘What you do is really nowhere near as important as the things that are going on in the world, and if your work needs to reflect that, or you want it to, then you need to strive for a certain type of excellence.'”

“I promise that, one day, everything’s going to be better for you.”

“One of the things that I’m so proud of about that movie Brokeback Mountain, was to see, within the past basically 10 years, how much has changed.  When the Supreme Court issued a ruling just a little while ago, I felt like we had been part, a little part and parcel, of that movement.”

“I think I’m not in this work to not look at life as it is.  I’m not in it to say, ‘I want to wear a mask and escape,’ you know.  I want to know what’s happening in the world, and I want to have it touch me in a way that I can do something, my little part like that, and have it somehow translate.”

“Sometimes you need an anchor, whatever it might be.  You need a space to connect.  So often you get into a way of doing things.”

“My mom would always say this thing about writing – and I’ve taken it into account in a lot of things in my life – which is just, ‘Make it shorter.’  Figure out what you are truly saying, whittle it down to the essence, then say that.”

“I think family is the most important thing in the world.  I think your own family is the most complicated thing in the world, and I think it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.”

“Dad, I may not be the best, but I come to believe that I got it in me to be somebody in this world.  And it’s not because I’m so different from you either.  It’s because I’m the same.  I mean, I can be just as hard-headed, and just as tough.  I only hope I can be as good a man as you.”

“Do I take care of my body and take conditioning seriously?  Yes.”

“When I was young, before school, my father would wake me up and we would go running together.  A love of being physical, being active, and being outside was something he instilled in me.”

“I have an overactive brain, and as a result of that, I can really get in my own mind.  So I like to try and exercise it to the point of exhaustion.”

“I think I work as hard as I do now, because of a lot of lessons I’ve learned early on.”

“You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you.  And then you meet one person and your life is changed forever.”

“Being a star doesn’t last.  That’s not what life should be about.  It’s a complete illusion that really has nothing to do with you.  For me, finding out about life is the most important thing.”

“I’m at a period in my life where I’m figuring out my idea of who I am and what I want and how to hold onto love – all that big stuff.  And I’m starting to realize that it can happen at any age.  I know people who are in their 50s who are figuring out what they want and who they are, and I think it’s great.  It’s like you’re always approaching life as a beginner.”

“As an actor, I feel like I’m somebody who, when somebody gives me a mark, I don’t want to hit it.  I don’t like that.  But then, without even knowing it, I just hit it.”

“I don’t think my approach to acting is all necessarily in service of the character.  I think, selfishly, I’ve put it in service of myself, my perspective on the world, and helping my life.”

“What world am I living in?  Aren’t movies made to have something to say?  Why make a movie if you don’t have something to say?  What are you doing it for?  Are you doing it because you want to make a lot of money?”

“The truth is most of the films that make a lot of money no one remembers, and I’m not interested in making films that no one remembers.”

“I’ve learned over the years that freedom is just the other side of discipline.”

“I don’t think I’ve made a mistake.  I think I have behaved in ways that I am proud of; I think I’ve behaved in ways I’m not.”

“I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to.”

“Really, contrary to popular belief, I like to have a good time and not take myself too seriously.”

“I’m going to continue doing what I want to do.  And if it means I want to go and make a big movie, if it has something to say, I will want to make it.  I don’t want to spend my life wasting my time.  If it’s a big movie, I want to do it.  If it’s a small movie, I want to do it.”

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