You can't sow an apple seed and expect to get an avocado tree. The consequences of your life are sown in what you do and how you behave.

— Tom Shadyac

The most unconventional Tom Shadyac quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

Authenticity means to be the author of your own life.

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Love is not always about ‘everything’s fine’…love is about truth.

Truth and love are one in the same. It doesn’t always come in a sweet little box with a bow on it.

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Our culture does not teach us this, but what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas. If you cheat in Vegas, it comes right home with you. If you cheat in Vegas, you walk home as a cheater. You lie awake at a night a cheater. You cannot escape it.

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The bike accident caused me to start talking about spiritual truths.

This accident - where I faced my own death - compelled me to talk about these truths and try to make a movie about them.

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If you look at the Bible as a whole, it's redemptive and beautiful, and it's God's love story to mankind.

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Hope is the belief we might get it done, and faith is the knowledge we will get it done.

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I think true success is intrinsic... It's love. It's kindness. It's community.

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I think laughter is a sacred act.

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TRUTH: When a child believes he must win to be worthy, when young adults define themselves by what they do and not who they are, it is a kind of slavery a slave master would envy.

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Illnesses are often times a reflection of an emotional place that needs healing or attention.

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Look at native cultures - they've lasted for tens of thousands of years, not doing everything right. We wouldn't want to emulate them in many ways, but their basic philosophies - being a part of nature, a part of a tribe or group without elevating, not what you call dominator philosophies - they lasted for tens of thousands of years. It took us to come and put them asunder.

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My dad's half-Lebanese, my mom is full Lebanese. I'm three-quarters Lebanese. Irish-Lebanese.

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About Tom Shadyac

Quotes 52 sayings
Profession Comedian
Birthday December 11, 1958

Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity. The three keys to a spiritual life.

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I'm from the Madeleine L'Engle school.

The more she delves into science, the more she knows there's a creator who's behind these amazing laws, these amazing events. The symmetry of nature, the structure and order of it.

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Fear represents our need to hang on to the riverbank, to control outcomes, results, our lives; it swims upstream. Truth is about releasing that hold, letting go of results, and trusting the direction of Life’s current.

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In movies you can shoot a guy 3,000 times and get a 'PG-13', but if you say the 'F' word twice it's automatically an 'R'. I'll let that be its own comment.

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I didn't want to hear the usual answers about what's wrong because I believe these are symptoms: global warming, genocide, hunger, poverty, war, environmental crisis. If we can identify the root cause, we can change our ways.

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I love Frank Capra. He believed in the goodness of people and one man's ability to fight and often triumph.

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I don't consider anything I'm doing as generous.

In the new model of the world, I hope people will consider whatever I'm doing as just normal.

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When an individual changes in even a small way he immediately changes the world around him. And that concentric circle moves out and changes everything.

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If you bounce a tennis ball against a wall it will come back to you the same way every time. But if you shift the wall a few degrees it will come back another way.

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Death is not the enemy. A life lived without love is the enemy.

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Nature is an incredible cooperative. When things operate outside of that cooperative, they die off. It's a very simple rule that nature operates under.

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I believe in unity, as opposed to division.

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We started by asking what’s wrong with the world, and we ended up discovering what’s right with it.

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The way I think we were living is an invention.

The truth is nobody can own anything. That was an unheard-of concept among indigenous people. We invented that.

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I was always kind of finding humor to be an access point to the conversation, to a pain relief, if you will. My mother was in a wheelchair since I was very young, so she was in pain and we used humor.

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I am operating under the philosophy that I will simply use what I need and the rest - even if I still have it somewhere - is not mine. It is others'. It is for the healing of the natural world. And it is in the process of returning.

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Theres one fundamental law that all of nature obeys that mankind breaks every day. Now, this is a law thats evolved over billions of years, and the law is this: Nothing in nature takes more than it needs.

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Our own economy tells us to take as much as we can get, right? Our own economy says, you're going to be the most successful graduate if you go into the business world and take as much you can get. That's not how nature works. Nature has a much simpler economy. Everything in nature takes what it needs. That's it. You don't see an oak tree gathering up all the resources. An oak tree takes what it needs to be the authentic oak tree it is.

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If we exchange bombs for bread there will be less reason for wanting to kill us.

I just want to have the conversation.

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The one thing that advances a society is not technology or so-called development; its love - that one principle.

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As I "won," I didn't feel the fruits of that.

I felt the fruits when I served others, when I gave myself away. . . . I've always seen my life as an experiment. I just want to go to what works. As I felt the charity aspect in my life, the giving aspect, I felt a power and I've walked more into that.

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Communism didn't work because people weren't ready for it, it was corrupt, and because it squelched individualism.

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Nothing in nature takes more than what it needs

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I come from a family of lawyers. I was expected to be a professional of some sort, not an artist. I was never uplifted for my art.

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I hope people start to look at their lives as the most powerful, creative act they will ever offer this world.

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The mystics will tell you death is perfectly safe.

A violent act will beget a violent act; it is simply a law.

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You send a message in everything you do, Im always very conscious about what ideas and what energy I put out there.

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The word contentment comes from the word content, which is what we hold inside - love, value, a feeling of a life that has meaning or purpose, a cause greater than yourself that you're a part of. These are the things that bring true happiness. As a culture, I think we need to redefine what it means to be happy.

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I wasn't big in the party scene but I did have an excessive lifestyle.

I had much more than I needed. I think that was a manifestation of a certain kind of mental illness.

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What matters is who we are, not who we beat.

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Definition is the death of discovery.

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I have not walked away from Hollywood.

I'm walking away from the way I personally did business in Hollywood. The budget of whatever movie I do needs to be efficient; it needs to consider what kind of resources we're using and how to be as responsible as possible.

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I was raised Catholic and didn't like the dogma and exclusivity of that teaching but I was moved by the moral teachings and by the power of the Jesus fellow.

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I don't have any interest in changing a system, because the system will simply get bucked back by people who haven't changed.

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The solution begins with a deeper transformation that must occur in each of us.

I AM isn’t as much about what you can do, as who you can be. And from that transformation of being, action will naturally follow.

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I am part of a divine essence. I don't have to become anything. I already am.

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Love is the essential energy of the universe.

It is the force that puts the stars in the firmament, and it makes the blood run through the veins.

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