Tom Shadyac quotes

  • What matters is who we are, not who we beat.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #What Matters #Who We Are #Matter

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Simple #Incredibles

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Guy #Comment

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Philosophy #Healing #Needs

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

    #Beautiful #Looks #Stories

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #People #Normal #World

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

    #Essence #Divine

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Thinking #People #Way

  • 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

    #Apples #Tree #Avocados

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Walking Away #Hollywood #Needs

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

    #Powerful #People #Creative

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Mean #Thinking #Feelings

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Successful #Simplicity #Tree

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Philosophy #Years #Culture

  • Authenticity means to be the author of your own life.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Mean #Authenticity #Self Awareness

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

    #People #Individualism #Communism

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

    #People #Changed #Interest

  • I think laughter is a sacred act.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Laughter #Thinking #Sacred

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

    #Technology #Principles #Development

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Lying #Home #Cheater

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Years #Law #Fundamentals

  • I believe in unity, as opposed to division.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Believe #Unity #Division

  • Simplicity. Simplicity. Simplicity. The three keys to a spiritual life.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Spiritual #Keys #Simplicity

  • Nothing in nature takes more than what it needs
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Needs

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #School #Order #Law

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

    #Mom #Dad #Three

  • I think true success is intrinsic... It's love. It's kindness. It's community.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Kindness #Thinking #Community

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Action #Transformation #Deeper

  • Definition is the death of discovery.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Discovery #Definitions

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Sweet #Love Is #Littles

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

    #Asking #World #Discovering

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Letting Go #Swim #Outcomes

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Children #Believe #Winning

  • Nature is very clear on this. In fact, there's one fundamental law that all of nature obeys that mankind breaks everyday. Now this is a law that's evolved over billions of years and the law is this: nothing in nature takes more than it needs. A redwood tree doesn't take all of the soil's nutrients, just what it needs to grow. A lion doesn't kill every gazelle, just one. We have a term for something in the body when it takes more than its share. We call it cancer.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Cancer #Years #Law

  • Hope is the belief we might get it done, and faith is the knowledge we will get it done.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Might #Done #Belief

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

    #Fighting #Men #People

  • We're a young species; We're only 175,000 years old. On the evolutionary scale, life on this planet is 4 billion years old. We're 175,000 years old. So we're trying something out. Who wouldn't think it would be better to have the most stuff to take as much as you could? As we do that, we see why the moral prophets come along and say, don't even store into barns, right? It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. We've seen we plunder nature. We plunder our neighbor. We create enemies because we're against each other.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Eye #Men #Thinking

  • 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.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #Giving #Charity #Want

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

    #Ideas #Messages #Energy

  • Nature actually works through intense cooperation. There is competition in nature , but it thrives through cooperation. We don't teach this to our kids. It's actually a violent ideology. It's why kids go into school and bully each other and god forbid do things even worse. Cooperation will become the marching orders of the human species or we're not going to make it.
    -- Tom Shadyac

    #School #Kids #Order