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  • The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.

  • Parties are only bad when a fight breaks out, when men fight over women or vice versa. Someone takes a fall, an ambulance comes, and the police arrive. If you can avoid those things, pretty much all behaviour is acceptable.

  • When you see grown men near to tears because they've missed hitting a little white ball into a hole from three feet, it makes you laugh.

  • Groundhog Day' was one of the greatest scripts ever written. It didn't even get nominated for an Academy Award.

  • While I have felt lonely many times in my life, the oddest feeling of all was after my mother, Lucille, died. My father had already died, but I always had some attachment to our big family while she was alive. It seems strange to say now that I felt so lonely, yet I did.

  • My iPhone has 2 million times the storage of the 1969 Apollo 11 computer. They went to the moon. I throw birds at pig houses

  • I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job.

  • Awards are meaningless to me, and I have nothing but disdain for anyone who actively campaigns to get one.

  • Its Christmas Eve! Its the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.

  • I came out of the old Second City in Chicago. Chicago actors are more hard-nosed. They're tough on themselves and their fellow actors. They're self-demanding.

  • Somewhere there's a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.

  • We're born alone. We do need each other. It's lonely to really effectively live your life, and anyone you can get help from or give help to; that's part of your obligation.

  • The atheists traditionally hold their conventions from Good Friday to Easter Sunday during the hours Christ spent in the grave.

  • I throw a Christmas party at my house. It's not really a Christmas party, because I don't want to call it a Christmas party. But let's just say I put a lot of Christmas trees around the house, so it smells good.

  • All of us kids ended up 'doing Mom.' There are four of us who've tried show business. Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun, who does liturgical dance.

  • I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you're in trouble. It's like wanting to be married - you'll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive.

  • When I work, my first relationship with people is professional.

  • There aren't many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that's a 24 hour job right there.

  • I think all phases of one's career are serious if you take it seriously no matter if you are doing high profile dramatic pieces or not.

  • I think that the online world has actually brought books back. People are reading because they're reading the damn screen. That's more reading than people used to do.

  • Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you're donating blood.

  • Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear, and when I do, it's usually something unusual.

  • One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.

  • I don't know how this guy knew how much money I was making. I didn't know how much money I was making.

  • I think midlife crisis is just a point where people's careers have reached some plateau and they have to reflect on their personal relationships.

  • People say I'm difficult and sometimes that's a badge of honour.

  • I don't want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar.

  • Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so. - Stephen Leacockof Christmas trees around the house, so it smells good.

  • Don't think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you'll never do a thing.

  • Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it.

  • There's only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That's when you want to be noticed, because it's very easy to get forgotten in an ER.

  • I didn't get into this position by being like a stiff sitting on the set in a folding chair. I did it by walking around on the streets and stirring things up.

  • But I can only take so much TV, because there is so much advice. I find people will preach about virtually anything - your diet, how to live your life, how to improve your golf. The lot. I have always had a thing against the Mister Know-It-Alls.

  • Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

  • You can't think about what you're going to do. It just gets in the way. You have to be just available for life, otherwise you're not bringing anything to the party. So I don't lie awake thinking about what I'm going to do workwise. There's just too much going on.

  • I realized the more fun I had, the more relaxed I was working, the better I worked.

  • There are people who drove me crazy, but they got the job done. And when I see that person again, I nod my head. Respect.

  • People only talk about what a joyous experience it is, but there is terror: Your life, as you know it, is over. It's over the day that child is born. It's over, and something completely new starts.

  • When I was a little kid playing baseball, my manager called me Sleepy. And only a few people, who know me from way, way back, call me that still. I used to drift off and that's why they made me the catcher, so I wouldn't fall asleep. That gift I have still.

  • And I say, 'Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.' And he says, 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money. But when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

  • Drinking again? Go to hell. All I ever do is make some movies that made a lot of money now leave me alone, I want to have some fun.

  • Life is a game, and it's much more fun if you play it as your own game, so stay light and loose and relaxed.

  • I think romance basically starts with respect. And new romance always starts with respect. Like the song 'Love the One You're With'; there is something to that. It's not just make love to whomever you're with, it's just love whomever you're with.

  • When you act obnoxious towards people, like on a movie set, they say "we're ready for you" and I say "oh, go to hell, my feet hurt and my head aches." You want to have a margarita for lunch, and people like these little ADs and production assistants are like, "well, he's drinking again."

  • I go home and stay there. I wash and scrub up each day, and that's it. One month I actually grew a moustache, just so I could say that I'd done something.

  • I went to Second City, where you learned to make the other actor look good so you looked good and National Lampoon, where you had to create everything out of nothing, and SNL, where you couldn't make any mistakes, and you learned what collaboration was.

  • I'm a nut, but not just a nut.

  • Just the very thought of someone my age going to visit old girlfriends had instant appeal.Even women think, 'That would be interesting.' Not comfortable, but interesting. It is not a comfortable film at any point.

  • I will be in Orlando during the atheist convention to do my best to counter the assaults upon Christ of the atheists. I also plan on running a large newspaper ad in the Orlando Sentinel addressed to the atheists and warning the Orlando area of the atheists' vile plans for their children.

  • The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything.

  • Sometimes I snore, like when I get really tired.

  • I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person.

  • When the phone started ringing too many times, I had to take it back to what I can handle. I take my chances on a job or a person as opposed to a situation. I don't like to have a situation placed over my head.

  • People are like music, some speak the truth and others are just noise.

  • The only good thing about fame that I've gotten is I've gotten out of a couple of speeding tickets. I've gotten into a restaurant when I didn't have a suit and tie on. That's really about it.

  • We still have to put some cherry syrup on it, and then we can eat it

  • I think if you can take care of yourself, and then maybe try to take care of someone else, that's sort of how you're supposed to live.

  • Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the time away, and any trouble you get into through being well known. It's not for the acting, that's for sure.

  • I don't believe that you can give the same performance every take. It's physically impossible, so why bother? If you don't do what is happening at that moment, then it's not real. Then you're holding something back.

  • 'Groundhog Day' was one of the greatest scripts ever written. It didn't even get nominated for an Academy Award.

  • Yeah, I think that's sort of the American way. And it's also the Polish way, it turns out.

  • Golf was my first glimpse of comedy. I was a caddy when I was a kid. I was on the golf course rather than being in lessons, but I can play better now than I could then.

  • In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there.

  • The studios don't seem to foster good writing. They're not so interested in that, but they're more interested in what worked most recently. They're definitely very serious about making money, and that's not a wrong thing, but you don't have to make money the same way all the time.

  • One of my gripes about movies is that people take them so seriously, and the moneymaking aspects are so brutal.

  • No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life.

  • Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you've met and you're like, 'Yep, I like this one,' and you just do stuff with them.

  • You work, you get paid, you drink.

  • The secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self. And not just once in a while, or once a day, but all through the day, the week and life.

  • You can tell how boring a person is by the lack of fear in their eyes when someone is flipping through photos on their phone.

  • Just beat my record for most consecutive days without dying.

  • If you have someone that you think is The One, don't just sort of think in your ordinary mind, 'Okay, let's pick a date. Let's plan this and make a party and get married.' Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you're still in love with that person, get married at the airport.

  • Grab this day by the neck and kiss it.

  • I'm not an ungenerous person; I don't resent it. It's just sort of a head-scratcher.

  • My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they‚??re misunderstood. I don‚??t think people realize how kind New York people are.

  • You're supposed to have one hand up and one hand down. As you're trying to going up, you're trying to pull someone up at the same time.

  • I have a brother who gives socks for Christmas. He gives socks. Every year, I get a pair of socks from him.

  • You can handle just about anything that comes at you out on the road with a believable grin, common sense and whiskey.

  • Love can be seeing that here we are and there's this world here.

  • Be available for life to happen.

  • You have to hope that [good things] happen to you. [...] That's the only thing we really, surely have, is hope. You hope that you can be alive, that things will happen to you that you'll actually witness, that you'll participate in. Rather than life just rolling over you, and you wake up and it's Thursday, and what happened to Monday? Whatever the best part of my life has been, has been as a result of that remembering.

  • You know...they say an elephant never forgets. What they don't tell you is, you never forget an elephant.

  • And when I told my sons I might be in City of Ember, they said, 'Oh! You're gonna be the mayor?' And I hadn't even read the script yet.

  • So far, I've only sailed in the Caribbean. I've sailed the Virgin Island and The Grenadines. I liked all that. We charted some really crummy boats in the Grenadines. That made for an exciting sailing trip (laughs) when everything goes well. When everything goes well. When sails rip, engines freeze up and you find there are organisms growing inside the diesel, it's terrible and amazing stuff.

  • I don't answer fan mail. I don't have time for that. It's like hundreds of thousands of people who think they're going to become millionaires getting autographs from movie actors. I don't have time for those idiots. I've got stuff to do.

  • The human condition means that we can zone out and forget what the hell we're doing.

  • Like: 'Don't walk out there with one hand in your pocket unless there's somethin' in there you're going to bring out.' You gotta commit. You've gotta go out there and improvise and you've gotta be completely unafraid to die. You've got to be able to take a chance to die. And you have to die lots. You have to die all the time.

  • Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself.

  • When I feel like I'm stuck, I do something - not like I'm Mother Teresa or anything, but there's someone that's forgotten about in your life, all the time. Someone that could use an 'Attaboy' or a 'How you doin' out there.

  • And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we win! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above comes down and points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn't matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they've got all the money! It just doesn't matter if we win or we lose. IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER! It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!

  • People usually go through a bad period when they first get successful. You're new and you're hot and things go wrong.

  • Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for ninety seconds at a time.

  • I think the only reason I've had the career life that I've had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you're very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are. That's sort of why I got into acting. I realized the more fun I had, the better I did it. And I thought, that's a job I could be proud of. It's changed my life learning that, and it's made me better at what I do.

  • I've got kids and that's important. It's funny, you think that there's an expiration date on them and there just isn't.

  • Well it's hard to be yourself, it's the hardest job there is.

  • You have to be as light as you can be and not get weighed down and stuck in your emotion, stuck in your body, stuck in your head. You just want to always be trying to elevate somehow.

  • I don't want to have a relationship with someone if I'm not going to work with them.

  • When I work, my first relationship with people is professional. There are people who want to be your friend right away. I say, "We're not gonna be friends until we get this done. If we don't get this done, we're never going to be friends, because if we don't get the job done, then the one thing we did together that we had to do together we failed."

  • Every moment that you share someone else's pain, feel what they feel, makes you more human.

  • You know how funerals are not for the dead, they‚??re for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they‚??re for the uncommitted.

  • To people who want to be rich and famous, I'd say, "Get rich first and see if that doesn't cover it."

  • The government can destroy wealth but it cannot create wealth, which is the product of labor and management working with creation.

  • My first movie, I got nominated for a Canadian Oscar-for Meatballs. For MEATBALLS. And who am I up against? George C. Scott. So he wins the award and I stand up and go, 'That's it-let's get the hell outta here.'

  • When you did the job, you thought you were just trying to amuse your friends who are all on the job. I'm just trying to make the sound guy laugh, the script supervisor. A movie like 'Caddyshack', I can walk on a golf course and some guy will be screaming entire scenes at me and expecting me to do it word for word with him. It's like, 'Fella, I did that once. I improvised that scene. I don't remember how it goes'. But I'm charmed by it. I'm not like, 'Hey, knock it off'. It's kind of cool.

  • Why would you get up there and bore people? I never have figured that out. These people are supposedly in the entertainment industry, and they finally get up there to that podium and they become the most boring people in the world.

  • There's definitely a lot of trash that comes with the prize of being famous. It's a nice gift, but there's a lot of wrapping and paper and junk to cut through. Back then, when a movie came out and people saw you on the street, their reaction was so supercharged that it was scary. It would frighten other people. It used to really rattle me. I mean, everybody would love to have their clothes torn off by a mob of girls, but being screamed at is different.

  • You know the theory of cell irritability?. If you take an amoeba cell and poke it a thousand times, it will change and then re-form into its original shape. And then, the thousandth time you poke this amoeba, the cell will completely collapse and become nothing. That's kind of what it's like being famous. People say hi, how are you doing, and after the thousandth time, you just get angry; you really pop.

  • I'm over the Oscar thing. I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you're in trouble. It's like wanting to be married - you'll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive. I've seen it.

  • The truth is, anybody that becomes famous is an ass for a year and a half. You've got to give them a year and a half, two years. They are getting so much smoke blown, and their whole world gets so turned upside down, their responses become distorted. I give everybody a year or two to pull it together because, when it first happens, I know how it is.

  • My back hurts. My legs ache. I'm only four!

  • The last thing I want is to be (in a film role) is obvious, direct and offensive.

  • It's a lot of work to read a crummy script.

  • If Google doesn't know the answer, then it's not a question

  • Zombies dont mess with other zombies.

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