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Julie Andrews Quotes

Dame Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews quotes: Mary Poppins’ best quotes.

“If you’re passionate about what you do, then go for it wholeheartedly.  Be prepared that if anytime, you may be surprised by a phenomenal opportunity that may come your way, and that’s when I say, do your homework.  Be ready.”

“Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose.  Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready.  When an opportunity comes, you can grab it.”

“When I’ve least expected it, an enormous opportunity or stroke of luck has crossed right under my nose.  So I tell everybody, if you’re passionate about what you do and you love it, do it.  But do your homework.  Because you’ll never know when the opportunity is going to happen.”

“You just don’t know in life.  Life knocks you about and pushes you over boundaries.  But be ready.  Do your homework; that’s all I can say.”

“When one door closes, another window opens.”

“There will be many times in your lives – at school, and more particularly when you are a grown up – when people will distract or divert you from what needs to be done.  You may even welcome the distraction.  But if you use it as an excuse for not doing what you’re suppose to do, you can blame no one but yourself.  If you truly wish to accomplish something, you should allow nothing to stop you, and chances are you’ll succeed.”

“The amateur works until they get something right.  The professional works until they can’t go wrong.”

“Beginnings are always hard.”

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”

“When adversity hits, go out and learn something.”

“All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can’t bat a thousand all the time.”

“Don’t you get a swollen head.  There’s always someone who could come and do what you do, maybe even better, so be grateful and work hard.”

“Some people regard discipline as a chore.  For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”

“Miracles, contrary to popular belief, do not just happen.  A miracle is the achievement of the impossible, and it is only when we put aside our greed, anger, pride and prejudice so that our minds are open and ready to accept it, that a miracle can occur.”

“It is not enough to reach for the brass ring.  You must also enjoy the merry-go-round.”

“Let your curiosity run away with you.  Know that beyond every ordinary explanation there is a deeper and more exciting discovery to be made.”

“If you remain calm in the midst of great chaos, it is the surest guarantee that it will eventually subside.  If you just literally stand still for a while, listen and think, things will eventually get sorted out.”

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.  You find the fun and – snap – the job’s a game!”

“There is only one possible road you can take and that is to go by way of your imagination.”

“Leave every place you go, everything you touch, a little better for your having been there.”

“Use your knowledge, and your heart, to stand up for those who can’t stand, speak for those who can’t speak, be a beacon of light for those whose lives have become dark.”

“Be a part of all that is decent and be an ambassador for the kind of world that you want to live in.”

“It’s all about giving back, helping people and encouraging people.  I love to do that.”

“Feed the body food and drink, it will survive today.  Feed the soul art and music, it will live forever.”

“All I care about really is writing something worthwhile for children, something that will engage them in some way and stimulates in them a sense of wonder.”

“You never feel lonely if you’re writing, because you’re living with all these characters in your head.”

“I had a lot of learning on my feet.”

“As you become older, you become less judgmental and take offense less.”

“I’d like to be an original, to be myself and not a pale copy of anyone else.”

“I would be a fool to deny my own abilities.”

“I was working from a very early age.”

“I always knew I had this voice, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I realized I had the power to do something with it.”

“I’ve been blessed to be at the right place at the right time.  Who could have imagined that life would have taken such marvelous twists and turns or that I would often be so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time?”

“My life has been so fortunate.  I have had most extraordinary good fortune in my life.  I sort of put it into three categories, the three major stepping stones.  One being London Hippodrome theater stage debut when I was 12, when it started my career.  The second being going to Broadway.  And the third going to Hollywood.  Each one of those happened under the most extraordinary circumstances.”

“When children ask me what’s my favorite role, I say to them, ‘Imagine having 10 beautiful new puppies in a basket and you had to say which one is your favorite, and you simply couldn’t because you love them all for different reasons.’  Poppins was such a learning experience, as was The Sound of Music.  I tell you, every one of them just helped me grow in what I do, and did, and each one was such a phenomenal working experience.”

“It is America that gave me so much in my life.  It wasn’t until I came to America that my life just exploded in so many ways.  So for me, I think in a way, though I’m English, I’ve been living the American Dream and I’m eternally grateful to Americans for allowing me to do what I love doing the most.”

“A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it.”

“Success is terrifying.  Like happiness, it is often appreciated in retrospect.  It’s only later that you place it in perspective.  Years from now, I’ll look back and say, ‘God, wasn’t it wonderful.’”

“I play with my grandchildren.  I tend to my garden, which I love.  Of course, I love to read, and family is really what it’s all about.”

“I really feel very blessed, and I don’t forget it, either.”


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