Edward James Olmos Quotes

"Sometimes you gotta do things that you don`t really want to do. But you don`t do them for money." Speaking of his role as the laconic "Lt. Castillo" on "Miami Vice" (1984): "I was the highest-paid actor--per word--in the history of television!".

On Miami Vice and Battlestar Galactica: Miami, although it took place among policemen, wasn`t about reality. It exploited reality to entertain. Battlestar is another thing. Despite it being set in space, it deals with real stuff.

I just don`t deal with any government. I don`t deal with the United States government. When it comes to understanding humanity, they`re the worst.

You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it.

A saint is a person who gives of themself without asking for anything in return. That`s how simple it is to be a saint. Try it! Try being a saint.

Now I also discipline myself to do things I love to do when I don`t want to do them.

The older you get the more you understand what you`re doing.

We don`t have as much prejudice as we did 40 years ago, but today it is more educated.

At the rate we`re going, the 21st century looks pretty clear. It`s going to be pretty violent.

Education is the vaccine for violence.

I don`t support violence, period.

Chiapas is probably the main concern I have right now for the planet.

When you`re asked to fly a 747 you better at least be able to fly a Piper cub.

I`m always pleased when people respond to the work.

I believe that Gandhi was correct. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way to bring about change that allows people to enjoy the change and not get killed in the process.

I want to show how strong I am from my roots.

Basically, I think that there are some characters that you can just allow the truth of your character as a human being in your real life to come through.

I support the indigenous people anywhere in the planet.

You know, Hillary Clinton gives of herself. Princess Diana gave of herself. But they are not saints.

Because people of color will definitely, definitely become the power base in the Western Hemisphere.

There is no way that we know what is going on between the African American and the Asian American. We don`t understand what an Indigenous American is. We don`t understand what a Latino American is.

I`m here to make sense.

I learned to discipline myself to do things I didn`t want to do.

I think in Vice and American Me I played very silent, rigid characters and people remember them.

I`m not prepared for holding office any more than I think Arnold is.

Education is the key. But it`s the kind of education that we teach that is the key. We don`t have it.

Right now, the Anglo people are desperately trying to hold on to the United States, like they tried to hold on to Africa.

And I`ve been acting for 39 years, so I define characters differently than I did in say Miami Vice.

There are nuclear weapons in China, Iran, Korea and Pakistan. It wouldn`t take much to send a couple of warheads off on this planet somewhere that would cause a lot of environmental damage, then if you have got someone who wants to retaliate you have real problems.

And, granted, for a long time, the European has been dominant in certain parts of this Western Hemisphere, but by the end of the 21st century, it`s over.

Education is a vacine for violence.

Our inability to relate to one another is very, very, very important. When we don`t have it, we get situations like Bosnia.

Yeah, the New York Times is very intellectual and very, very prestigious, but it doesn`t reach the market that People magazine does.

“I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to realize how in the world are we ever going to come together when we keep on using the word ‘race’ as a cultural determinant. How can we even look at one another and understand our unity of humanness when we consider ourselves different races? It’s so difficult that it boggles the mind."

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