Lily Tomlin - Quotes

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I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

The road to success is always under construction.

The road to success is always under construction.

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. ---->>>

Remember we're all in this alone.

Remember we're all in this alone.

When I was 9 or 10, I had a ten-cent business: I would walk your dog for a dime, go to the store for a dime, empty your garbage for a dime - and then I could use the money to buy tricks at the magic store. ---->>>

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up. ---->>>

Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.

Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.

If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?

If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?

Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it. ---->>>

Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest - then we can all die laughing. ---->>>

We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company. ---->>>

Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic? ---->>>

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

I grew up in a time when women didn't really do comedy. You had to be homely, overweight, an old maid, all that. You had to play a stereotype, because very attractive women were not supposed to be funny - because it's powerful; it's a threat. ---->>>

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.

The best mind-altering drug is the truth.

The best mind-altering drug is the truth.

I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. ---->>>

There's so much plastic in this culture that vinyl leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic. ---->>>

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

If I had known what it would be like to have it all - I might have been willing to settle for less. ---->>>

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. ---->>>

Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet? ---->>>

What I appreciate is acknowledging to the audience that I think they have brains. ---->>>

It's my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. ---->>>

If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed. ---->>>

I think my politics are just inclined to be empathetic and humanistic. I grew up with so many different kinds of people with different politics, different religion, no religion, no politics, education, no education, and I was infatuated with all of them. ---->>>

Many times I sit back and say, 'I can't believe that this is my life!' Other times, I feel self-satisfied. I mean, there's a lot to be proud and thankful for but, nonetheless, it's just a life! ---->>>

You know being relevant or coming up with something interesting, funny to say about what's current is just as hard as it might ever be depending on the serendipity of it all. ---->>>

I never officially came out in any kind of really public way. I just always lived very simply and openly, but the press has never made a big fuss about me or said anything to me. ---->>>

I especially love 'Web Therapy' and I did 'Eastbound and Down' too. I had a lot of fun doing that. ---->>>

I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else. ---->>>

If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed. ---->>>

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain. ---->>>

I guess if people couldn't profit from war I don't think there would be war. ---->>>

But there are too many people that make so much money at the cost of lives of other humans and for no reason but to make the money. ---->>>

What is reality, anyway? Just a collective hunch.

What is reality, anyway? Just a collective hunch.

We're all in this alone. ---->>>

I guess that's one of the reasons that you do it - work all the time - because it's sort of a high to find something that really works. ---->>>

We are all in this together, by ourselves. ---->>>

I mean yes to act out something or take chances in the performance is one thing. But in terms of a camera, whatever's captured is captured so that's a little more daunting. ---->>>

You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very, very happy about it. ---->>>

What if it's boring - or if it's not boring, it might be too revealing, or worse, it might be too revealing and still be boring. ---->>>

Creating characters is just another way to express a type and put that type to use. ---->>>

I was always drawn to more the social-expression-of-culture types. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 09-01, 1939
Birthplace: in Detroit, Michigan, The United States
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Occupation: Actress

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comedian, and performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973 (wikipedia)