A Post of Quotations

“I’m tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that’s also part of my pleasure: knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work.” — Natalie Portman

“To lose balance for love is part of living a balanced life.” — Eat, Pray, Love

“That’s the thing about a human life—there’s no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.” — Eat, Pray, Love

“If I get married, I want to be very married.” — Audrey Hepburn

“Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.” — Audrey Hepburn

“Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.” — Audrey Hepburn

“Your heart just breaks, that’s all. But you can’t judge, or point fingers. You just have to be lucky enough to find someone who appreciates you.” — Audrey Hepburn

“My greatest asset is my discontent.” — Audrey Hepburn

“I was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it. That’s what I’d like to think maybe has been the appeal. People have recognized something in me what they have themselves—the need to receive affection and the need to give it.” — Audrey Hepburn

“I have often thought of myself as quite ugly. In fact, I used to have quite a complex about it. To be frank, I’ve often been depressed and deeply disappointed in myself. You can even say that I hated myself at certain periods. I was too fat, or maybe too tall, or just plain too ugly. I couldn’t seem to handle any of my problems or cope with people I met. If you want to get psychological, you can say my definiteness stems from underlying feelings of insecurity and inferiority. I couldn’t conquer these feelings by acting indecisive. I found the only way to get the better of them was… by adopting a forceful, concentrated drive.” — Audrey Hepburn

“To choose life is to choose to forgive.” — India Arie

“So many roads. So many detours. So many choices. So many mistakes.” — Carrie Bradshaw

“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it—don’t cheat with it.” — Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In reality, our mind goes faster—or slower, on occasion. Its style is more varied, richer and less reassuring: it skips certain passages, it preserves an exact record of certain ‘unimportant’ details, it repeats and doubles back on itself. And this ‘mental time,’ with its peculiarities, its gaps, its obsessions, its obscure areas, is the one that interests us since it is the tempo of our emotions, of our life.” — Alain Robbe-Grillet

“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You know those days when you get the mean reds? The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?” — Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn)

“Keep reminding yourself that literature is one of the saddest roads that leads to everything.” — André Breton

“All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism—it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But, if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” — Conan O’Brien


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