I remember my son wanted to go to bed with his cowboy boots on, and we had this fight for like an hour. Then I realized that the only good reason I had for him not to do it is because I didn't want him to. There was really no other reason. And finally I said, "OK, fine." It was a great victory for me, because I realized it doesn't really matter.

— Michael J. Fox

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I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

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Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all.

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One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

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Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

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Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

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If you fixate on the worst-case scenario and it actually happens, you’ve lived it twice.

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I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.

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Michael J. Fox quote Acceptance doesn't mean resignation. It

Acceptance doesn't mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there's got to be a way through it.

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Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur.

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Pain is temporary, film is forever.

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People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

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One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.

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A lot of times, when you have a disability, one of the things you deal with is other people's projections of what your experience is and their fear about it, and not seeing the experience you're having. There's nothing horrifying about it to me. It is what I deal with. It is my reality and my life, but it's not horrible.

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Look at the choices you have, not the choices that have been taken away from you. In them, there are whole worlds of strength and new ways to look at things.

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Happiness is a decision.

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About Michael J. Fox

Quotes 125 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

Don't spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario.

It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice.

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A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.

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You've probably read in People that I'm a nice guy - but when the doctor first told me I had Parkinson's, I wanted to kill him.

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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it saved my ass.

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One of the great things about Parkinson's, in a superficial way, is it relieved me of vanity. I don't worry about what I look like, because it's literally out of my hands. But on a deeper level, it gives you a real humility, because you have to deal every day with the fact that you compromise.

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Everything is cause and effect. If you don't move, nothing will move with you, and nothing will move toward you.

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I happen to be a Parkinson's patient.

I'm not fearful of my condition or my future - but if someone is looking in my eyes for fear, then they see their own fear reflected back at them.

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The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.

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To be associated with a film that just flat-out makes people happy is such a blessing and a tremendous privilege, and I'll always be grateful for it. People's eyes light up when they talk about it. I've been in Asia, Africa, Europe and even Bhutan; people know the movie there. It's just an amazing thing.

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There's an idea I came across a few years ago that I love: My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations. That's the key for me. If I can accept the truth of 'This is what I'm facing - not what can I expect but what I am experiencing now' - then I have all this freedom to do other things.

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Chris[topher] Reeve wisely parsed the difference between optimism and hope.

Unlike optimism, he said, 'Hope is the product of knowledge and the projection of where the knowledge can take us.

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Control is illusory. No matter what university you go to, no matter what degree you hold, if your goal is to becomes master of your own destiny, you have more to learn.

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I saw a birthday card the other day, and it said, "If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you think you were?" I started changing it in my mind right away to, "If you didn't know how sick you were, how sick would you think you were?"

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My age makes me think how valuable life is.

How bad is something like Parkinson's in relation to not having life at all?

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When prescribing one of the drugs I take, my doctor warned me of a common side effect: exaggerated, intensely vivid dreams. To be honest, I've never really noticed the difference. I've always dreamt big.

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As for my own truncated secondary education, my head was in the clouds as my mom would say, or if you asked my father, up my ass.

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The way I look at life, and the way I look at the reality of Parkinson's, is that sometimes it's frustrating and sometimes it's funny. I need to look at it that way, and I think other people will look at it that way.

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I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man.

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My tattoo is that I don't have a tattoo.

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I don't want people to kick my ass, I just want to get to a point where they can't kick it.

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I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face.

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The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.

It's got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.

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If I were overweight because I ate too much, I would have far more of a complex.

I would know if I just stopped eating and showed a little discipline I would be thin. But there's not a hell of a lot I can do about being short. You just gotta run with it.

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There are no moments you have frozen in amber.

It's moving, it's changing, so appreciate what's good about right now and be ready for what's next.

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I'm also very proud to be a part of a trilogy of films that, if they do nothing else, allow people to check their problems at the door, sit down and have a good time.

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In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings.

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I think we all get our own bag of hammers.

We all get our own Parkinson's. We all have our own thing. I think that we'll look at it through the filter of that experience, and we'll say, "Yeah, I need to laugh at my stuff, too."

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I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious.

And of the two, curiosity has served me best.

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He gave life to the breath- oxygen, a simple gas, he transferred into words, ideas, hope.

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If you were to rush into this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal - with God, Allah, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Bill Gates, whomever - in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be magically taken away, traded in for ten more years as the person I was before - I would, without a moment's hesitation, tell you to take a hike.

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After a year or so I really thought I was Howard Hughes.

Here I was at eighteen years old, getting all these checks.

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I had all the usual ambition growing up.

I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.

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The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity.

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I'm glad I don't have a drinking problem,' I confided, 'because I don't think I'd ever be able to quit.

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My natural state is one that's affected by the shortage of dopamine production in my brain. So my natural state is to be halting and at times tremulous and kind of just physically disturbed. I mean, that's my natural state, given the situation in my brain. But I'm always as happy either way. And so when it comes to me, body language lies.

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They did something once that slurred my speech, and I thought, "Oh, man, you're messing with my brain. It's freaking me out."

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I don't feel a yearning or a sense of missed opportunities.

I don't have many regrets. So that's a nice feeling. To have no regrets and still have enough sense of adventure to take on risk.

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