Quote by Jerry Lewis on optimism (from a broadcast of Inside the Actors Studio in 2000, when he was 73 years old)
Student question: “My name is Teresa. I was wondering where your optimism has come from. Did a lot of it come from your parents? Did it just come from your life experience in the business?"
JL: "Well, I think that the optimism that I enjoy now is not from the same man that I was when I was 40. I think that 33 years ago, I was so full of myself, and I think that when I turned 66, everything came together through the eyes of my daughter. She almost looked at me and said, “Okay, the bullshit is over. It’s time to live your life, and live it with dignity and with class, and be all the things you dreamed you were and that ain’t yet.” Now that’s probably as deep as I can dig in truth that I know how to do for you. You’re doing it for yourself. That’s that wonderful thing about internal government. Do it for yourselves. Paint a wonderful picture of yourselves. Look in the mirror and see value, ‘cause there are a lot of people out there that aren’t sensitive enough, aren’t caring enough, and that’s negative but fact. Optimism will get them out of your way. If it sounds like a pipe dream, try me. What have you got to lose? But everthing to gain. Good night. I love you all."