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Tuesday 2 March 2010

Michael J. Fox Quotes & Wisdom

I have this habit of ruining my favorite books by scribbling in them, making notes, highlighting, etc. Today, I re-read Michael J. Fox's 'Lucky Man,' a really incredible book that I think everyone should read (literally, everyone.) I thought I'd share a few interesting quotes from the book in the hope they may interest you, and hopefully spur you on into buying the book, or borrowing my copy.

"Whatever anyone else thinks about me is none of my business."

On Parkinson's Disease
"These last ten years of coming to terms with my disease would turn out to be the best ten years of my life - not in spite of my illness, but because of it."

On School, talking to his Mother
"These are absolutes, Mom. They're boring, take math, two plus two equals four, I mean, that's already on the books, right? Somebody's already nailed that down. So what do they need me for?."

On Auditions:
"A word about rejection. Auditions, most struggling actors will tell you, suck. You get a few pages of a script and read it over and over in hopes of picking up some clue to the character, some insight that will give you an edge in translating written words into a living, breathing, engaging, and profound approximation of human behavior. If you can do this better than any of the other actors in competition for the role, you get to eat; if you can't, you don't. At least, you delude yourself into thinking it's that simple. It's not.

You also have to be careful that you're not too skinny, fat, tall, short, blond, redheaded, dark, light, loud, quiet, young, or old, and that there isn't something about you that reminds the director of his or her girlfriend, boyfriend, father, mother, priest, therapist, or despised stepchild."


  1. This is definitely on my list of books to read, it has been for a while. I need to get to it.

  2. I have this on my list to read also. Thanks for sharing the quotes, moves it up on the list.