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Jane Lynch Quotes

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Jane Lynch quotes: on being gay, drinking too much, feeling famous, her two-word rule for life, and more.

“The world, universe, God, whatever you call it, has so much more in store if you just sit back and relax and do what’s right in front of you.”

“Don’t deprive yourself of the exciting journey your life can be when you relinquish the need to have goals and a blueprint.”

“No one’s just going to hand you a career.  I waited for years for someone to hand me one and it never happened.”

“I know it sounds new age-y, but what I’ve truly come up with is that you really need to trust that you’re on your own path, as long as you stay true to it and you show up, which is 99% of it.”

“My advice to you: live in the moment.  Stay fluid and roll with those changes.  Life is just a big extended improvisation.  Embrace the ever-changing, ever-evolving world with the best rule I’ve ever found.  Say, ‘Yes and.'”

“In order for our lives to go forward, in order to engage fully in life, we need to be willing and able to accept what is right in front of us.  Whatever it is, the good, the bad, the thrilling, the heartbreaking, every emotion, occurrence, event, person, place or thing, you will experience them all.  That’s the ‘yes’ I’m talking about.  And the acceptance and embrace of it with all your heart and doing something with it, that’s the ‘and.’  You accept influence and then you exert influence.”

“You can’t make a cloudy day a sunny day, but can embrace it and decide it’s going to be a good day after all.”

“If you embrace what is happening, instead of denying it, you can make it your own.  If life gives you lemons, grab it by the horns and drive.”

“You can always trust that when you’re coming from your highest self and from your heart, you’ll know when you should say, ‘Yes and,’ and when to engage the awesome power of, ‘No way.’  Your job is to honestly discern for yourself if you’re saying ‘no’ to an opportunity out of fear, or are you simply exercising good judgment?”

“I don’t really sit there and think, ‘What would I like my life to be?'”

“A long time ago I asked myself, ‘Do I want to be right or do I want to be kind?’  I opted for kind.”

“I try not to plan ahead.  I just kind of try to think in the moment.  I always believe everything will work out the way it’s supposed to.”

“I was filled with angst all the time, but when it came down to it, I dove into what was in front of me, and I always did my best.  I invested 100%.  And that’s what saved me.”

“To this day, I still would choose the angst over something easier, when I really don’t have to.”

Making people laugh is a really fabulous thing because it means you’re getting deep inside somebody, into their psyche, and their ability to look at themselves.”

“I spent so much of my younger life drinking – and being drunk makes learning to be a grown-up kind of hard.”

“I also learned how I made things much harder on myself than they needed to be.  I have my own deep, dark places, but the message coming out of it is that it’s all a choice on whether you suffer through your life.”

“I looked at my mom and her life, and I thought, ‘I don’t want that.’  I don’t think my mom wanted it, either.  I think my mom did want to be out there and have a career.  She loved working.  As soon as we were old enough to feed ourselves, she was out.”

“When I was younger, I actually wanted to be in the spotlight.  To have people want me, want to have a piece of me.”

“Wanting to act was something I was wired with when I was born.  I never thought I would have success or celebrity, although I did want that.  But what I wanted more than anything was to work.”

“I’ve had days here and there where I would get discouraged because I wasn’t a big star, but I’ve made a living ever since I was 27.  Not a great living, but enough for me.  I think actually being able to pay my rent and eat and perform is enough, and I did that for many years.  Then I had some good years in there, too, where I made pretty good money.”

“You just have to decide how close you want them.  Not every person in your life needs to be your best friend: some can be friends or just friendly acquaintances.”

“I started getting back what I was putting in.  I began to see how important good relationships are in this business.  I’ve always been naturally thorough and well-prepared, and by my mid-30s, I had worked out the worst kinks in my personality.  I might have even become someone who was nice to have around.”

“All the characters ever written are already inside you.  It’s just a matter of accessing them and bringing them forward.  And having no fear of the dark side.”

“I’m the one person who wears the words ‘hustle, loyalty, respect’ on my T-shirts and merchandise.  My audience is children.  It’s very flattering to see a kid wear your T-shirt; it’s even more flattering to have a dad come up to you and say, ‘I watch you with my kid.  Keep doing what you’re doing.  You’re a role model for my son.'”

“I was given such a great gift.  It’s a miracle that never stops amazing me and reminding me to give thanks, every day… I think about what kind of role model I’ll be.”

“I’m a person who likes habit and knowing what my job is.”

“When I look back, I think I must have been hugely motivated.  I would have loved for somebody to say, ‘You go for it!’  I just didn’t have that.”

“We’re all conditioned to think we have to get to the top and be the best.”

“There’s nothing worse than an anxiety-filled, fearful actor who just needs that next job, because they’re not gonna get that next job.  Any time I got a job that made me feel good about myself, or made me feel, ‘Hey, I’m working my way up,’ then good adds to good.  Because it makes you feel better about yourself, and that makes you more attractive, I think.”

“For many, many years, I was always whipping up things in order to keep myself busy and moving ever forward and saying, ‘What’s next?  What’s next?  What’s next?’  I like the equanimity that comes with my age.  I don’t have big highs, and I don’t have big lows.  Even if this job goes away tomorrow, the nonstop ambition is a thing of the past for me.  I’ve mellowed.”

“But now that I’ve matured, I’ve realized that – at the end of the day – what’s really important is the work, not what people think of me.”

“I’m not out to conquer anything, which I think is a good thing.  That’s why I also think crazy, different things come my way.  I really don’t have an agenda, and I’m really happy not to have one.  I’m just keeping it light.”

“I think a little tidbit I can give you is that I grew up with basically everything handed to me, except for my career.  I worked for that.”

“I didn’t want to be gay.  I wanted to be… I wanted an easy life.  And you know what?  I am gay, and I still have an easy life.”

“I just had to be strong enough to allow myself to be vulnerable.  Great Lesson.  For art and for life.”

“Do I feel famous?  I feel more famous than I did 10 years ago, absolutely.”

“I’m thrilled!  It’s an amazing thing.  I wake up and pinch myself every morning!”

“Accept the world for what it is, and at the same time, make it your own.  You will have many opportunities to embrace what the world has for you.”

“Let life surprise you.  Don’t have a plan.  Plans are for wusses.  If my life went according to my plan, I would never ever have the life I have today.”

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