James E. Jones Quotes


36 James E. Jones quotes:



"I don't ever want to be a sentimentalist. I prefer to be a realist. I'm not a romantic really."
"I got out of the Army - in my world - I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors."
"I really think I ambled through a lot of my life, or ambled from one thing to the other."
"In the wintertime, in the snow country, citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one, it was better than ambrosia."
"It was always hard in those days for the university theater wing to get enough boys to match the number of girls you had in those acting classes."
"Before my grandpa built his own church, we went to the neighboring town, and it was a white community. You know, up north, mostly middle European people and Indians, Chippewa Indians. We were welcome to that church, but once we got in, they didn't know what to do with us."
"I knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing."
"I was preparing myself for the theater, and... I got a little job here and a job there, but it wasn't going well, and I considered some time before the mid-60s that maybe I should consider something else."
"No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me. There was no entitlement."
"One day, my youngest uncle - the other one who was first to go to college, Randy - and I were sitting out on the front porch. And he was brilliant. He ended up - he just retired from Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas."
"So I was determined to use my last two years in college doing something I thought I would enjoy, which was acting. And it was probably because there was girls over in the drama school too, you know?"
"The arts have always been an important ingredient to the health of a nation, but we haven't gotten there yet."
"I think the extent to which I have any balance at all, any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid and being raised in those isolated rural areas."
"I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would have been a mess, you know."
"My youngest uncle Randy and I were the first members of our entire family to ever go to college."
"Reading was a big thing, yes. Books were a big thing. But the things that stick out were the newspapers."
"We children learned responsibility automatically."
"And I think, on the other end, there were actors who were not as good as I was, perhaps who could have hung in too, but began to blame everything on race."
"When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved dance and fencing and speech classes and history of theater, all that."
"You don't build a bond without being present."



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