Imagine this: 7000 years [have] gone by. We take a filmcrew to Helm's Deep... it's now looking a little older, but still impresses as a mighty fortress. The Art Dep[artmen]t [goes] to work, patching up holes and removing tourist signs. The current owner strikes a hard bargain, but New Line money finally gets us permission to film there for 6 weeks. Rohan heraldry is studied and faithfully reproduced. Theoden's original saddle is in a museum - far too valuable to use in the movie, but an exact copy is made. Archeological expeditions have unearthed an incredibly preserved mummified Uruk-hai carcass. We make exact prothestic copies of these vicious killers... use CG to give us a 10,000 strong army. We have cast actors who look like Aragorn and Theoden. In an amazing casting coup, Legolas has agreed to return from Valinor with Gimli to recreate their part in this cinematic retelling of the events at the end of the Third Age. They stand on the battlements of the Deeping Wall, wind blowing in their hair, leading a group of extras proudly portraying the brave garrison of Rohan soldiers... Uruk drums roll up the valley... huge lighting rigs flash simulated lightning... rain towers send gallons of water into the air... on an assistant director's signal, twenty 35mm cameras start rolling simultaneously... the battle of Helm's Deep is about to be captured on film.

Peter Jackson, Director in an interview (spelling corrected, slightly edited - ellipses his)


It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.

Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson (1892-1954) US Supreme Court Justice

American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382, 442 (1950)


It's okay to let yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.

Mick Jagger


Although I can accept talking scarecrows, lions, and great wizards of emerald cities, I find it hard to believe there is no paperwork involved when your house lands on a witch.

Dave James


A great many people think they are thinking, when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James (1842-1910) American psychologist and philosopher


The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
William James (1842-1910) American psychologist and philosopher


Man, biologically considered, and whatever else he may be into the bargain, is the most formidable of all beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on his own species.
William James (1842-1910) American psychologist and philosopher

Memories and Studies (1911). Remarks at the Peace Banquet (Universal Peace Congress, held in Boston in 1904)


We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.

William James (1842-1910) American psychologist and philosopher


I am not sure how many “sins” I would recognize in the world. Some would surely be defused by changed circumstances. But I can imagine none that is more irredeemably sinful than the betrayal, the exploitation, of the young by those who should care for them.

Elizabeth Janeway


One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.

Randall Jarrell


The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.

Bede Jarrett

Do not fear your enemies. The worst they can do is kill you. Do not fear friends. At worst, they may betray you. Fear those who do not care; they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exists because of their silent consent.

Bruno Jasienski (1901-1941?) Polish author [Bruno Yasensky]


The wild God of the world is sometimes merciful to those
That ask mercy, not often to the arrogant.

John Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) American poet "Hurt Hawks"


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson


Fan fiction is the way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk.

Henry Jenkins-Director of Media Studies, Massachussetts Institute of Technology


It is always a good policy to speak the truth -- unless you happen to be an exceptionally good liar.
Jerome K Jerome

We love peace, but not peace at any price. There is a peace more destructive of the manhood of living man, than war is destructive to his body. Chains are worse than bayonets.

Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857) English playwright and humorist


Walk away from it until you're stronger. All your problems will be there when you get back, but you'll be better able to cope.

Lady Bird Johnson (b. 1912) American First Lady, beautification activist


I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her way. And second, let her have it.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) US President (1963-68)


I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) US President (1963-68)


The vanity of being trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer, critic


The truth will set you free. But before it does, it will make you angry.

Jerry Joiner (contemp.)


And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm’ without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions.

David Jones


The most efficient labor-saving device is still money.

Franklin P. Jones (1881-1960) American journalist


There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant, irrevocable bond.
James Earl Jones (b. 1931) American actor


During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Joann C. Jones


There was nothing funny about what Christ said and what's funny really is the fact that Christ said all these really good things about Love Thy Neighbor and everything, and then for the next two thousand years people are killing each other and torturing each other because they can't quite decide how he said it.

Terry Jones (b. 1942) English comic Aspen Comedy Festival (1998)


    SARAH: That's not fair!
    JARETH: You keep saying that. I wonder what your basis for comparison is?

Terry Jones (b. 1942) English comic Labyrinth (with Dennis Lee and Jim Henson) (1986)


Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong (b. 1942) American writer, poet


When young lips have drunk deep of the bitter waters of hate, suspicion, and despair, all the love in the world will not wholly take away that knowledge.

Dorothy Jongward


A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

Tenneva Jordan


Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.

Chief Joseph, Nez Perce surrender speech, 1877


Children have more need of models than of critics.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist Pensees (also attrib. Carolyn Coats)


My whole life’s been, “Jett stole some horses, Jett torched a building, Jett killed the neighbors”...my parents were so proud.

Joxer, Xena (T.V. show)


He said not, "thou shalt not be troubled, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be diseased;" but He said, "Thou shalt not be overcome."

Juliana of Norwich (1342-1417) English mystic Revelations of Divine Love


An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

Carl Jung


Show me a sane man and I will cure him.
Carl Jung


Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood.
Carl Jung