Jim Carrey Quotes (76 Quotes)


    Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches.

    I really believe in the philosophy that you create your own universe. I'm just trying to create a good one for myself.


    Before I do anything, I think, well what hasn't been seen. Sometimes, that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society. And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that's really worthwhile.

    My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh.


    I absolutely want to have a career where you make'em laugh and make'em cry. It's all theater.

    My mother was a professional sick person; she took a lot of pain pills. There are many people like that. It's just how they are used to getting attention. I always remember she's the daughter of alcoholics who'd leave her alone at Christmas time.

    It's hard for anybody who's been with me not to feel starved for affection when I'm making love to my ideas. Maybe it's not meant for me to settle down and be married.

    I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.

    Morgan Freeman is so class. He's so cool. He's so scary.

    I'm not a huge remake fan but I loved the first movie, and I thought it was more relevant now than it was back then, because of all the Enron-type swindles. I thought it would be a great opportunity to take a shot at all the white-collar creeps and give people a bit of relief, because everyone's feeling they're part of a company these days. It's a good outlet for that frustration.

    I haven't been as wild with my money as somebody like me might have been. I've been very safe, very conservative with investments. I don't blow money. I don't have a ton of houses. I know things can go away. I've already had that experience.

    There is nothing like making love to somebody you give a shit about.

    I enjoy his music, but he scares me, ... His lyrics are totally socially irresponsible. But I think if we just spend more time with our kids, we'll be OK.

    I want to be the greatest actor that ever lived, frankly. I'd love that. But I don't need to be. I just want to be here. That's it.

    For some reason I did something where I realized I could get a reaction. That was when I broke out of my shell at school, because I really didn't have any friends or anything like that and I just kind of was going along, and then finally I did this zany thing, and all of a sudden I had tons of friends.

    I praticed making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother crazy. She used to scare me by saying that I was going to see the devil if I kept looking in the mirror. That fascinated me even more, of course.

    I've tried everything. I've done therapy, I've done colonics. I went to a psychic who had me running around town buying pieces of ribbon to fill the colors in my aura. Did the Prozac thing.

    Ya know what I do almost every day? I wash. Personal hygiene is part of the package with me.

    There's new territory, there's new places to go, new things to explore. Why stay back there ... Maybe it will take three films to find another character that is really totally original, but I've got a lifetime, so why waste it just repeating myself.

    If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.

    I got a lot of support from my parents. That's the one thing I always appreciated. They didn't tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny.

    There was a time when people said, 'Jim, if you keep on making faces, your face will freeze like that.' Now they just say, 'Pay him!'

    I've never been one to sit back and go, 'I'd better do what the audience wants me to do, because I don't want to lose them.'

    I need privacy. I would think that because what I do makes a lot of people happy that I might deserve a little bit of respect in return. Instead, the papers try to drag me off my pedestal.

    The money can be a hindrance to someone like me because the danger is that you start thinking, 'Is that a $20 million take?' That kind of thing, and being self-critical.

    It's nice to finally get scripts offered to me that aren't the ones Tom Hanks wipes his butt with.


    My report card always said, 'Jim finishes first and then disrupts the other students'.

    I think I could go away tomorrow. I've already accomplished something. It's such a selfish business that sometimes I get sick of myself.

    A lot of good love can happen in ten years.

    It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?

    Creative people don't behave very well generally. If you're looking for examples of good relationships in show business, you're gonna be depressed real fast. I don't have time for anything else right now but work and my daughter. She's my first priority.

    But, you know, you can't be a star at home.

    My dad was like a stage mother he always pushed me to do what I wanted.

    I don't care if people think I am an overactor, as long as they enjoy what I do. People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter.

    Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass.

    I know this sounds strange, but as a kid, I was really shy. Painfully shy. The turning point was freshman year, when I was the biggest geek alive. No one, I mean no one, even talked to me.

    If you've got a talent, protect it.

    I'm so wrapped up in my work that it's often impossible to consider other things in my life. My marriage ended in divorce because of this, my relationship with Holly has suffered by this.

    What I have in common with the character in 'Truman' is this incredible need to please people. I feel like I want to take care of everyone and I also feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to. And I have felt this way ever since all this success started.

    We had problems like all families but we had a lot of love. I was extremely loved. We always felt we had each other.

    I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation. Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything. Period. If you ain't desperate at some point, you ain't interesting.

    I'm a hard guy to live with. I'm like a caged animal. I'm up all night walking around the living room. It's hard for me to come down from what I do.

    You know, I live a monastic lifestyle. No, I do. I do live in extremes, basically. I go back and forth. Once every six months, I'll have a day where I eat more chocolate than has ever been consumed by a human being.

    People need motivation to do anything. I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.

    Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity.

    My life is not unlike Truman's. I can't go anywhere.

    It was such a leap in my career when 'Truman Show' came along. It's always been a long process for me insofar as recognition goes, but that's OK because you appreciate it when it comes.

    I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, 'Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.'


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