110+ Michael J. Fox Quotes On Optimism, Parkinson's And Gratitude
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- I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business.
- 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.
- One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
- Family is not an important thing. It's everything.
- 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.
- If you fixate on the worst-case scenario and it actually happens, you’ve lived it twice.
- I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.
- Pain is temporary, film is forever.
- 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.
- Happiness is a decision.
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- A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.
- Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it saved my ass.
- The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.
- I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face.
- My tattoo is that I don't have a tattoo.
- In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings.
- He gave life to the breath- oxygen, a simple gas, he transferred into words, ideas, hope.
- The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity.
- Disease is a non-partisan problems that requires a non-partisan solution.
- Acceptance is the key to everything.
Michael J. Fox Quotes On Optimism
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. — Michael J. Fox
The purpose that you wish to find in life, like a cure you seek, is not going to fall from the sky. ...I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it's not just divinely assigned. — Michael J. Fox
Optimism is a cure for many things. — Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox Quotes On Parkinson's
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
My age makes me think how valuable life is. How bad is something like Parkinson's in relation to not having life at all? — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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." — Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox Quotes On People
I don't want people to kick my ass, I just want to get to a point where they can't kick it. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
Listening to people espouse beliefs different from mine is informative, not threatening, because the only thing that can alter my worldview is a new and undeniable truth, and contrary to what Jack Nicholson says in 'A Few Good Men', "I CAN handle the truth. — Michael J. Fox
What other people think about me is not my business. — Michael J. Fox
I'm kind of private and I keep things inside a lot, but it's been so wonderful to realize that people care about you in a very deep way and that there is some bond between an actor and his audience. I don't even know how to describe that feeling. — Michael J. Fox
The way life runs through everything, even the tiniest elements of nature - that makes me humble. It's the same humility that causes people at a certain time every day to get on their knees and put their foreheads on the ground in honor of something or someone. — Michael J. Fox
Lance Armstrong showed up, and I started talking to him; I saw all these people with cancer who followed him to Paris for the Tour de France, and I saw the difference he was making in their lives. That put it together for me...having it be not so much about me, but [my being] a vehicle for it. — Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox Famous Quotes And Sayings
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
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
Everything is cause and effect. If you don't move, nothing will move with you, and nothing will move toward you. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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?" — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man. — Michael J. Fox
After a year or so I really thought I was Howard Hughes. Here I was at eighteen years old, getting all these checks. — Michael J. Fox
I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
I'm glad I don't have a drinking problem,' I confided, 'because I don't think I'd ever be able to quit. — Michael J. Fox
They did something once that slurred my speech, and I thought, "Oh, man, you're messing with my brain. It's freaking me out." — Michael J. Fox
I owned a Ferrari, a Range Rover, a Mercedes 560SL convertible, a Jeep Cherokee and a Nissan 300ZX. I can't remember the intricate decision tree I had to climb in order to determine which one to drive to work on any given day - it probably had something to do with the weather, or which car had more gas in the tank, or upholstery that best matched whatever shirt I happened to throw on that morning. — Michael J. Fox
You know you're old when you get a lifetime achievement award. It's a message you've been around too long. — Michael J. Fox
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. — Michael J. Fox
Our challenges don’t define us, our actions do. — Michael J. Fox
If you allow for the possibilities of something better, you move toward it instinctively. — Michael J. Fox
[My son] will have a fairly stable future. Not one where the schoolyard talk is whose father grossed $8 million on his last picture. — Michael J. Fox
I don't keep up with it all. But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career. — Michael J. Fox
The biggest gift on Father's Day is if I can be with all my kids. — Michael J. Fox
[Constant curiousity leads to happiness:] I wake up curious every day and every day I'm surprised by something. And if I can just recognize that surprise every day and say, 'Oh, that's a new thing, that's a new gift that I got today that I didn't even know about yesterday,' it keeps me going. It keeps me more than going. It keeps me enthusiastic and grateful! — Michael J. Fox
I don't think [Parkinson's] is Gothic nastiness. There's nothing on the surface that's horrible about someone with a shaky hand. There's nothing horrible about someone in their life saying, "God, I'm really tired of this shaky hand thing" and me saying, "Me, too." That's our reality. We have no control over it. — Michael J. Fox
When life takes away, something of greater value is always given in return. — Michael J. Fox
I wait for good opportunities to come up to do stuff; I'm not seeking things. I'm quite busy in the meantime, but if the right thing came up, I would be happy to do it. — Michael J. Fox
Whatever the situation, just take it for what it is. You don't have to make it worse or better than it is. It just is what it is. Always deal with the honesty, the truth of what something is, and then you've got all kinds of choices. — Michael J. Fox
My notion of spirituality was different than it is now, but even if I'd been the most fundamentalist of believers, I would have assumed that God had better things to do than arbitrarily smite me with shaking palsy. — Michael J. Fox
'Why do you think it is...', I asked Dr. Cook ... 'that brain surgery, above all else-even rocket science-gets singled out as the most challenging of human feats, the one demanding the utmost of human intelligence?' [Dr. Cook answered,] 'No margin for error.' — Michael J. Fox
Do the right thing, and then do the next right thing, and that will lead you to the next right thing after that. — Michael J. Fox
Almost instantly [after my announcement of Parkinson's], I saw the first couple of days the coverage was about, you know, "Fox's Parkinson's, blah, blah, blah." Then, two days after that, I saw the coverage turn. It started to become, "Can young people get Parkinson's?" All of a sudden, the conversation turned to become about that. And that was one of the first eye-opening things. — Michael J. Fox
Life is what you put into it and how much you take out of it. You put in more than is expected, and you take out less than you want. — Michael J. Fox
Life is the power that's greater than I can ever comprehend. — Michael J. Fox
There are things I've always wanted to do. Things I may not be able to do, but I never really ruled them out - like running a marathon. It's all a matter of timing for me. I suppose I could probably do it if I planned it out right with medication. I don't set a whole lot of goals. It smacks a little bit of will to me, and I find that will is not the way to go for me. — Michael J. Fox
Since I'm not sure of the address to which to send my gratitude, I put it out there in everything I do. — Michael J. Fox
The laughs mean more to me than the adoration. If two girls walk up to me and one says 'you're cute', I'll say thank you, but I appreciate it much more when the other one says 'you make me laugh so much'. — Michael J. Fox
I don't look at myself as a leader. I do look at myself as part of a community. — Michael J. Fox
As with any turning point or instance when a new road is chosen and an old one forsaken, there are consequences. — Michael J. Fox
I have now is whenever my kids say, "Can you look at this?" or "Can I ask you something?" or "Can you come here for a minute?" no matter what I am doing, I say yes instead of saying, "Just a sec." They never abuse the privilege, and I never once regretted it. What they took me away to do was never less important than what I was doing already. — Michael J. Fox
If Spirituality is that you're humble in the face of forces greater than you and you believe those forces are more inclined toward being good than being bad, then I'm a spiritual person. — Michael J. Fox
If you want to be an agent of change, it starts with you and what you're made of. — Michael J. Fox
I can say, "I don't have anything I regret!" But I can also say, "I can go forward in my life the way it is and I don't think I'll accrue any future regrets." — Michael J. Fox
You suffer the blow, but you capitalize on the opportunity left in its wake. — Michael J. Fox
The story is a testament to the consolations that get me through and give meaning to every area of my life. — Michael J. Fox
You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don't know what I want. I don't want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them. — Michael J. Fox
There's a rule in acting called, 'Don't play the result.' If you have a character who's going to end up in a certain place, don't play that until you get there. Play each scene and each beat as it comes. And that's what you do in life: You don't play the result. — Michael J. Fox
Life is good, and there's no reason to think it won't be--right up until the moment when everything explodes into a fireball of tiny, unrecognizable fragments, or it all goes skidding sideways, through the guardrail, over the embankment, and down the mountain. This will happen (and probably more than once). — Michael J. Fox
When I started it [non for profit], I thought, I'm not smart enough to do this. I had no experience in management, no experience in administration, no experience in nonprofit; but then this phrase came into my head: I only have to be smart enough to find people who are smarter than me; I only have to be smart enough to recognize who knows more than me. — Michael J. Fox
When I was younger, I was always described as happy-go-lucky. Then I drank and I partied - did all that stuff that might tell you maybe there was a little bit of untruth in that [description]. Now, the surprising thing is that when I say stuff, I actually mean it. I don't have to do the work of trying to formulate my point of view. It just is. And it's surprising how much I love life. I just really have a good time. — Michael J. Fox
Everybody in the world knew I was before I knew who I was. — Michael J. Fox
I have no argument with those who see in organized religion a template or an imperative to live life according to a prescribed set of beliefs. Just give others the room, within the laws of civil society, to believe or not believe whatever they like. — Michael J. Fox
I can get sad, I can get frustrated, I can get scared, but I never get depressed - because there's joy in my life. — Michael J. Fox
The secret to a good marriage, as far as I am concerned, is a joke I make: Keep the fights clean and the sex dirty. — Michael J. Fox
To be brutally honest, for much of that time, I was the only person in the world with Parkinson's. Of course, I mean that in the abstract. I had become acutely aware of people around me who appears to have the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, but as long as they didn't identify with me, I was in no rush to identify with them. My situation allowed, if not complete denial, at least a thick padding of insulation. — Michael J. Fox
There's something I have about being Canadian - there's a distance it gives you when you live in the States and operate in American culture. You approach familiar things a different way; you come at it from a different angle. It's a trait that runs through a lot Canadian artists' work and actors' work and musicians' - that kind of special remove. — Michael J. Fox
Ironic that in order to do my life's work, I had to quit my day job. — Michael J. Fox
I think there's a God and I know it's not me. — Michael J. Fox
I really love being alive. I love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That's what happiness is. — Michael J. Fox
Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflected version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and slightly stoop, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression pasted across my face. I would ask the obvious question, 'what are you smiling about?' But I already know the answer: 'It just gets better from here.' — Michael J. Fox
My experience is to deal with things through humor. — Michael J. Fox
I wouldn't have wanted to miss the opportunity to make those three films that didn't do well. They were really important to me, and the things I learned doing them were important to me. — Michael J. Fox
Pay attention to what's happening around you. Read the book before you see the movie. Remember, though you, alone, are responsible for your own happiness, its still okay to feel responsible for someone else's. Live and to learn. — Michael J. Fox
I think there's a God and I know it's not me. I don't have a set of tenets, but I live an ethical life. — Michael J. Fox
I didn't want o do metal work and get my hands all nicked up and be around guys. So I took drama because there were a lot of girls. — Michael J. Fox
I worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn't being made. — Michael J. Fox
You know what's cool? My kids think I'm ordinary. — Michael J. Fox
If one of my kids reads a book for school and I can have a conversation with her about the book and I sense that she gets what the book is about, then it doesn't really matter to me if she gets an A on the paper. — Michael J. Fox
Tracy is more a help to me than I am to her. — Michael J. Fox
I always feel very connected to Canada. My reference for everything is my Canadian background, my life in Canada. Particularly on this issue of refugee immigration: I couldn't be prouder of Canada. — Michael J. Fox
Life Lessons by Michael J. Fox
- Michael J. Fox is a great example of resilience in the face of adversity; despite being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at a young age, he has continued to pursue his dreams and remain positive.
- His life has taught us to never give up, to make the most of every moment, and to stay humble and grateful for all the good things in life.
- Fox also emphasizes the importance of giving back, having established the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
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