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Woody Harrelson Quotes

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Woody Harrelson quotes: worthwhile words form Woody.

“You have to focus on what you’re passionate about.”

“Life’s about taking risks.  Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.”

“To think of any positives… citing my father’s advice to ‘always keep an open mind.’  I think that philosophy has helped me at times to take another look and not shut down to things that I might otherwise have been closed off to.”

“A moment of realization is worth a thousand prayers.”

“I’ve always believed the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.  And if that’s true, then I must be extremely wise.”

“Chaos and creativity go together.  If you lose 1% of your chaos, you lose your creativity.  That’s the most brilliant thing I’ve heard.  I needed to hear that years ago.”

“But it’s like my buddy says: ‘If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.’  And I guess I do live on the edge.”

“Through love comes calm, and through calm comes thought.  And you need thought to detect stuff sometimes.  It’s kinda all you need.  And you definitely don’t need hate.  Hate never solved nothing, but calm did.  And thought did.  Try it.  Try it just for a change.”

“I admire people who just speak the truth.”

“A grownup is a child with layers on.”

“Kids don’t walk around saying, ‘Oh, I’ve got this terrible situation.’  They just get on with being kids.”

“If we’re living in a free country, we should be free to do what we want to do if we’re not hurting anyone else or their property.  Why should I be incarcerated if I’m doing something that doesn’t hurt anyone else?”

“The only thing that’s problematic is the constant explaining, the constant need to kind of go, ‘No, I don’t want that because of such and such.’  I feel like I’m a pain in the ass, and I don’t like being difficult.”

“We don’t get the greatest tools to deal with anger.  It’s like, ‘Hey, count to 10.’  When someone really upsets me, how do I respond?  I don’t usually start counting to 10 and breathing deeply.”

“It’s not who you want to spend Friday night with.  It’s who you want to spend all day Saturday with.”

“I know that the things that people in love do to each other, they remember.  And if they stay together, it’s not because they forget.  It’s because they forgive.”

“People who can relax, enjoy the sunset, hold hands at the end of the day… they’re the happy ones.”

“I think it’s the best thing going—parenthood.”

“I think I’ve been an incredible example to my kids of what not to do.”

“I have taught my daughters to experience life and not be constantly making judgements, which held me back.”

“I used to have Bible studies at my house.  I was in the choir.  I was mischievous but also a real mama’s boy.  It was a pretty happy childhood.”

“The world can really kick your ass.  I only have a vague recollection of when it wasn’t kickin’ mine.”

“I was 24 when I became famous.  And that’s a big adjustment.  Even the most amazing people get tainted.  And I got drunk on success.  My ego flared up.  There’s a lot of asshole things that I did that I can never take back.”

“Time to nut up or shut up!”

“So you become a famous rock star or actor, and you’re getting all this love from people who don’t know you.  And it’s just a total head trip.  It solves the initial problem, but the hole is not going to be filled up with that silly putty.  It needs something real.  It’s been a long enough journey that I feel I’ve evolved into a much better person.  But I still feel I’ve got a hell of a long way to go.”

“You don’t forget the past.  You carry it with you, and hopefully learn from it.  But you live in the present.”

“No one who’s as lucky as I am has a right to be cynical.  Luckily, I have my family, which makes me hopeful.  What they do comes more from the heart than the head.  And there’s a young generation growing up and they are coming from a very pure perspective.  It’s not connected to economics.  These kids give me hope that finally, a change will happen.”

“When I was younger, I wanted to be a cop.  Then I watched The Wild Wild West, and so I wanted to be in the Secret Service like James West.  At some point I realized, ‘That guy is not in the Secret Service.  He’s an actor.’  That sounds like a good idea too.”

“I never was disillusioned with acting because I love acting.”

“When I had just started Cheers, my nerves were ajangle, to put it mildly.  I was absolutely terrified.  What you’re learning is to not show the fear, and to ultimately overcome it so that the level of relaxation is commensurate with the level of tension.”

“You know, I was on Cheers for eight years, and I couldn’t get another job, and I thought, ‘I’m going to be Woody Boyd forever.’  Which is not bad, but I really thought I was capable of more.”

“I’m one of those actors who is going to come in with 2,500 ideas.  You can shoot down 2,499, but one of them you’re going to like.”

“So I just took some time off.  I was maybe going to do two or three years and it turned into five years.  But certainly, I’d say it was the best thing I ever did.  And now I come back to this whole thing really energized about it.”

“I think my best skill in this whole deal is as a conduit to try to bring people together, because I think it’s in our unity that we’ll have the greatest strength.”

“It’s an odd beast, fame.  It’s got multiple personalities.”

“It’s not terrible, people telling you you’re great; what’s terrible is when you start believing it.”

“I try not to spend too much time with regret.”

“I want to see things clearly, to be aware and sensitive to what’s going on in my life and in the world, although I admit it’s tough sometimes.”

“I went through a period of arrogance and having my head up my ass.  But, luckily, this life and my family—my wife and my daughters—they kind of loved me into a better human being.”

“Just having this family who has been so loving and so kind to me—like, more than I deserve, maybe.  And in some ways I think that has mellowed me.  Maybe ‘mellowed’ isn’t the right word, but it has softened those areas that were too hard.  I guess there has been a change in me.  If I’m honest, I have to say that something has shifted, some kind of basic core disturbance.  It’s like some post that you’re trying to get out of the ground, and it’s just so wedged there, you have to push it every which direction, and you can finally lift it out.”

“I can’t imagine having a much greater life, and I don’t want to be preoccupied with things that don’t matter.”

“My main hope for myself is to be where I am.”

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