Meryl Streep Quotes

“The formula of happiness and success is just, being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.”

“What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.”

What makes you different

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

“The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself.”

“Everything that truly makes us happy is quite simple – love, sex and food!”

“That is the simple secret. Always take your heart to work.”

That is the simple

“Pretending is a very valuable life skill.”

“It’s amazing what you can get if you quietly, clearly and authoritatively demand it.”

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”

“As there begins to be less time ahead of you, you want to be exactly who you are, without making it easier for everyone else.”

As there begins to be

“You have to embrace getting older. Life is precious, and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize each day is a gift.”

“We need art as much as we need good works. You need it like food. You need it for inspiration to keep going on the days that your low. We need each other in that way.”

“Every easy choice will have its consequence tomorrow.”

“Being a celebrity has taught me to hide but being an actor has opened my soul.”

Being a celebrity has

“I want to feel my life while I’m in it.”

“What’s worse than brutality that dehumanizes women? Tolerance and indifference towards it.”

“I love acting, of course, but being with my husband and my children always brought me the greatest joy and happiness in life.”

“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.” p

Everything we say signifies

“I never give any character I play less respect than I give my own life.”

“I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities.”

“You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.”

“My advice: Don’t waste so much time worrying about your skin or your weight. Develop what you do, what you put your hands on in the world.”

My advice Don't waste

“Acting is my way of investigating human nature and having fun at the same time”

“I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.”

“All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene.”

“You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.”

You don't have to be famous.

“True freedom is understanding that we have a choice in who and what we allow to have power over us.”

“I just take every day is a miracle and I’m really glad that I’m still working and that people are not sick of me, even though even I’m sick of me a little bit.”

“My job is usually to express emotion as freely as possible.”

“Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.”

Put blinders on to those

“Pretending is not just play. Pretending is imagined possibility. Pretending, or acting, is a very valuable life skill and we do it all the time.”

“Fear focuses the mind.”

“The thing that you have to fight the most when you lose is you feel like the biggest failure in the world.”

“Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don’t think anything’s going to make a difference.” p

Some people are filled

“People want what they want. Sometimes you just have to walk in defiance of it and just be yourself.”

“I think your self emerges more clearly over time.”

“Obsession is an attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good at one thing and smart are attractive, if they’re men.”

“I had this sort of idolatry for certain actors who preceded me, people who inspired me, so I’m honored to be that way for young actors.”

I had this sort of idolatry

“We are the choices we have made.” /blockquote>

“There is some liberation in the freedom of being totally alone and really going for it.”

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