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Lucille Ball Quotes

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball quotes: lessons from the legendary actress.

“Remember to recognize the small successes that you will have. Don’t let the brightness of that big goal blind you to what happens on the way toward the goal. Meet one wave at a time and enjoy what progress you make. I want you please not to be taken up in the undertow of pessimism.”

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck is hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

“You won’t be happy, whatever you do, unless you’re comfortable with your own conscience. Keep your head up, keep your shoulders back, keep your self-respect, be nice, be smart. And remember that there are practically no overnight successes.”

“You can’t succeed without trying and taking risks. And if you fear the failures, dead ends, and silence that you may face, you deny yourself the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience you need to succeed.”

“The secret is to keep moving forward.”

“Ability is of little account without opportunity.”

“Knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.”

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

“The more things you do, the more things you can do.”

“Responsibility is the ability to respond.”

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

“Whether we’re prepared or not, life has a habit of thrusting situations upon us.”

“Feeling sorry for yourself, being angry for your lack of success, and getting discouraged amidst failure and rejection doesn’t do you any good in the long run.”

“Embrace your failures and rejection and learn from them.”

“All that you have to do is keep working and stay positive. The industry is going to give you more rejection than you’ll ever receive acceptance. Feedback is going to be negative. You can’t escape these inevitabilities.”

“I’m not sure that I want to be without some lack of confidence. If you are too sure of yourself, you don’t grow. You may feel confident in some things, but other fields come up as a challenge. And if you don’t anticipate trouble, you will be in trouble.”

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

“I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”

“The best person to get something done is a busy person.”

“When you’re too mad and too rattled to see straight, you’re bound to make mistakes. You can’t go on and on for years being miserable about a situation and not have it change you. You get so you can’t stand yourself.”

“I was shy for several years in my early days in Hollywood until I figured out that no one really gave a damn if I was shy or not, and I got over my shyness. I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn. Like most teenagers, I was far too self-centered. When I stopped being prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.”

“I don’t suppose that hard work, discipline, and a perfectionist attitude toward my work did me any harm. They are a big part of my makeup today, as any of my co-workers will tell you. And when life seemed unbearable, I learned to live in my imagination, and to step inside other people’s skins—indispensable abilities for an actress.”

“I will never do another TV series. It couldn’t top I Love Lucy, and I’d be foolish to try. In this business, you have to know when to get off.”

“Women’s Lib? Oh, I’m afraid it doesn’t interest me one bit. I’ve been so liberated it hurts.”

“My ideal of womanhood has always been the pioneer woman who fought and worked at her husband’s side. She bore the children, kept the home fires burning; she was the hub of the family, the planner and the dreamer.”

“I think any time you give the American people the truth they’re with you.”

“Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.”

“I have a theory about the assists we get in life. Only rarely can we repay those people who helped us, but we can pass that help along to others.”

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead. I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

“I’m not funny. What I am is brave.”

“I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.”

“I don’t think you should write a book until you tell the absolute truth. You can’t do that until you’re 85, and I don’t want to live that long. I’ve always prided myself on knowing when to get off, and I hope it works out that way.”

“I believe that we’re as happy in life as we make up our minds to be.”

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”

“In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. You don’t attain wisdom without the dedication of years of sacrifice and effort. It takes time. And because of that, wisdom is hard to come by. But it’s much more important than a quick and easy paycheck.”

“Wisdom gives you the ability to sustain a career. And the knowledge and experience necessary to attain wisdom is a direct result of the failure and rejection that you will go through. That’s part of the process.”

“Strive for wisdom in your life. That’s how you gain wisdom that helps you make good decisions and judgments, all of which are necessary to succeed.”

“Learn to live your life to the fullest, be bold and keep in mind that success can be just around the corner, no matter your age.”

“Now get the hell out of here and go change the world.”

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