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Jon Voight Quotes

Jonathan Vincent VoightJon Voight quotes: on politics, religion, regret, and more.

“Don’t take no for an answer – take every opportunity you can to do something.”

“You start where you can get an opportunity, you take everything that you can do to gain entrance.  You do the little work and you try to find people who can teach you.”

“I think people have to be ready to experiment, and not be so protective of their careers and image.”

“My father always said, ‘Bet on yourself.'”

“Something happens when your subconscious goes to work.  That’s why ‘sleep on it’ is an adage.”

“Nothing beats being really honest about who you are and what you need.  All the rest just works itself out.”

“Some people think we’re adrift without any guidelines.  I don’t.  I think we’ve had instruction on how to live.”

“I learn from everybody.”

“Everyone’s unique; no one’s ever alike.”

“I wish, in some ways, I could’ve realized the mistakes that I would make in my life and be prepared for them, or be prepared not to make those mistakes, but you can’t do that.”

“Sometimes a little heartbreak is a lesson, and the best thing to do is just learn the lesson.”

“There’s something real in women’s intuition.  It’s an accurate signpost for decision-making, but it usually bumps up against man’s logic.  So we have to put ego aside and listen to them.”

“One thing that’s great about seeing your kids is you see things that you admired in your parents.”

“The idea of right and wrong, being righteous, acknowledging when you make a mistake, repentance – all these important things I got from my Catholic background.  I was raised Catholic.  I fell in love with certain ideals.”

“Faith keeps me humble but it was also the key to moving forward in times of difficulty.  It keeps you in energy to keep going, overcome things, solve problems, be good, think of others, all that stuff.  So my faith has been very important to me.”

“Let your recreations be manful, not sinful.”

“When a man does all he can, though it succeed not well, blame not him that did it.”

“I had a job once selling encyclopedias, and that was an interesting job because I learned a lot about people’s vulnerabilities and how salesmen take advantage of them.  I finally quit because I couldn’t take it; I couldn’t sell things to people who didn’t need the product, but I learned about how a salesman works, how they make the pitch.  It’s a difficult life ’cause you have to appeal to people, find a way to get their attention.”

“An audition is an opportunity to act.  Doesn’t make a difference who you’re auditioning for; whatever it is, you have an audience, and you have a role, and you have the opportunity to perform that role the best you can for this audience.  If you look at it like that, it doesn’t make a difference if you get the part or not.”

“I learned how much I love acting and how much I enjoy working on one character over a long period of time.  I am an actor; I have other hobbies and interests and stuff, but I really am an actor and I enjoy this process, and I’m working with other actors who are, like me, invested in telling the story and being authentic in the way we portray things.”

“People know who I am.  I have less ability to be intimidated.”

“I made a lot of mistakes as a young father.  I made a lot of mistakes as a young man.  I paid dearly, and my children paid dearly.”

“I have a perfectionist mentality; I want things to be right.  But I’ve had a little duel over the years with that mentality.  Because it can inhibit you.”

“I’ll listen to anybody about something but I also know what my work has to be and I bring that to the table.  I come very prepared.  I come very prepared to do something the best I can.”

“There’s the young Jon Voight and the old Jon Voight.”

“I was a guy who needed to go to class, because I had some raw talent that I thought was identifiable, when I finally made a decision to be an actor.  And yet I wanted to learn how to really do the stuff.  You know, ‘How do I get to be a serious actor?'”

“I’ve gone through a lot of stuff in my life.”

“Sometimes you try to do something that sheds some light on something that needs to be shared.”

“Democracy is an extraordinary adventure.  It’s difficult, full of daring and risk and danger.  But it’s the greatest gift we have.”

“This is a perilous time, and more than ever, the world needs a united and strong America.”

“Being on the left is a no-brainer.  You don’t have to do anything to be on the left.  You just have to keep your mouth shut and go along with the crowd.”

“I’m here today to tell you the truth, and I’m here to tell you, my fellow Americans, our country is stronger, safer and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct.  Don’t be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph.  So let us stand with our President, let us stand up for this truth: President Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.  God bless America.  And may God continue to guide this nation.  Much love.”

“I just think that I’m a person who’s trying to find the truth and express it as I, you know, get the opportunity.”

“And one of the reasons I can say ‘thank God’ is because I know God is there for us all.”

“Things happen very quickly in the world, and you look around and you see that things have changed.  And you also see that you’ve effected change, too.  So in that sense it’s interesting, as you get older; you say, look, I know that this has changed for the better, and this has changed for the better, and that’s good, you know.  You look back and say that human beings, individuals, can make a difference, and have made a difference in my lifetime, so I’ll try and make a difference, too.”

“I’m a very passionate person, and passionate about the world; I’ve always been politically concerned and socially aware.  I’d call myself more a humanitarian than a person who is in politics.  Only because I’m kind of an independent thinker and I’m always interested in people getting better.”

“The world will remember me, whoever will remember me I think, I say that I hope that I will be able to, in my lifetime, have my children be part of that legacy… and that they’re well and safe… and I hope I can do a little bit to leave a portrait of a person who seeks compassion and justice… and encourages others to do so.”

“Sometimes you do the best you can with what you’ve got, and sometimes it turns out pretty good.”

“I’ve done a lot of things that I had not envisaged doing, but when I look at them now I say well, that is a certain kind of dream come true.”

“I’ve been very fortunate – you only can do what you’re offered, you know?  I’m fortunate enough to look back and say I haven’t done too badly.  I don’t have any trouble looking back at it.”

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