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Cate Blanchett Quotes

Catherine Elise Blanchett

Cate Blanchett quotes: thoughtful quotes from the high-paid actress.

“Mind the gap – it’s the distance between life as you dream it and life as it is.”

“Some ideas, like what you’re going to do with your life, take time to form.”

“See the opportunity in the misstep.”

“There’s many things that you can do with your life.  It doesn’t necessarily – I think if you’re in a creative sphere, or if you’re hungry for experience, then those experiences don’t necessarily happen like rungs of a ladder or in a linear way.”

“Passion is a quality I admire.”

“Someone might have a germ of talent, but 90% of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it.  Instinct won’t carry you through the entire journey.  It’s what you do in the moments between inspiration.”

“The more you do it, the more you learn to concentrate, as a child does, incredibly intensively and then you sort of have to relax.”

“I believe that a creative career is only as good as the risks that you take with it.”

Lazy thinking is not creative or productive.”

“Any industry loses its innovation and loses its access to creative juices if you don’t have progressive thinking and diversity.”

“I think it’s always good to take on things that at first seem bigger than you.  Then you just try and surmount them.”

“I think you need to have a healthy sense of doubt because I think doubt leads to inquiry.”

“If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.”

“You learn an enormous lot through failure.  I’ve learned far more from my failures than I have from any success I had.”

“Inquiry and curiosity is really important in any profession… and in parallel you also need to be confident enough to try things.  So it’s a tricky thing sometimes to balance those two states.”

“Things present themselves to you, and it’s how you choose to deal with them that reveals who you are.  We all say a lot of things, don’t we, about who we are and how we think.  But in the end it’s your actions, how you respond to circumstance that reveals your character.”

“You do not want to be in a creative organization with everybody being like-minded and stroking each other’s creative egos.  You want differences of opinion… constructively.”

“The word ‘circumnavigate’ is quite a beautiful word.”

“Don’t you find that work, if you love it, is actually really invigorating?”

“Happiness is fleeting – I think that’s the main lesson I have learned.”

“I love strange choices.  I’m always interested in people who depart from what is expected of them and go into new territory.”

“I’m of the opinion that it’s okay to be silent, to not speak if you don’t have anything to say.”

“I’m not interested in saying what people should and shouldn’t do.  It depends on how people feel about themselves.  I suppose personally if you do anything out of fear or to mask who you are, then that’s a bit scary.  You’ve got to work with what you got.”

“We change people’s lives, at the risk of our own.  We change countries, governments, history, gravity.  After gravity, culture is the thing that holds humanity in place, in an otherwise constantly shifting and, let’s face it, tiny outcrop in the middle of an infinity of nowhere.”

“It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career.”

“Being able to do what you say you’re going to do – there is nothing better.”

“As you’re wanting to provoke change in the world around you, you’re wanting to provoke and challenge yourself.”

“I’m constantly interested in opening unexpected, invisible doors that I hadn’t seen.”

“Art civilizes us and it connects us and activates us.  And so it’s really important to connect with compassion, with stories about people who are different from us.”

“The only thing I wanted to do when I left high school was travel with my work.  I didn’t at all think about notoriety or fame.”

“The window needs to be open for people to realize how stale the air is, and women have said, ‘The window is open now – see how sweet the air smells.’  I feel like the dam has broken.  There were cracks in the dam for an incredibly long time, and we were trying to sort of put putty on them.  But it’s not just women; it’s also men.  It’s also people of different sexual persuasions.  It’s the lack of ethnic diversity.  Our job is, yes, to be creative, but one of our primary jobs as artists is to be fearless.  And I think we’re fearlessly examining the issues in our industry.”

“You want to be valued for your work.”

“I want the environment to be creative, not cautious, because I think you all have to be fearless as a bunch of people.  But in order to be fearless, there needs to be trust.”

“I love those moments on stage, on screen and in life when you dispense with language, when you sort of transcend it in a way, and certainly the experience of falling in love, I think, defies words, which is why poets, painters, musicians, actors have tried to describe that feeling, writers have just tried to put words to that.”

“The less one can think about oneself, the more interesting and attractive one becomes.”

“I don’t really subscribe to other people’s idea of what is beautiful.  I just want to feel good.  I don’t think about being beautiful or not being beautiful.  It’s more about feeling confident inside your own skin really and thinking about yourself as little as possible.”

“People tend to look great if they feel great.”

“You have to know how to evolve with age without trying to hang on to your younger image of yourself from the past.”

“I live my life parallel with my work, and they are both equally important.  I’m always amazed how much people talk about celebrity and fame.  I don’t understand the attraction.”

“The more you can remove the obstacles between you and the world as a woman, the easier and simpler life becomes.”

“I am the age that I am and I am trying to do the best with what I got.”

“Of course one worries about getting older.  We’re all fearful of death, let’s not kid ourselves.  I’m simply not panicking as my laugh lines grow deeper.  Who wants a face with no history, no sense of humor?”

“I think that’s what I love about my life.  There’s no maniacal master plan.  It’s just unfolding before me.”

“If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life – that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment – that would be the perfect state.”

“It’s important to sort of sit and think what could be next.”

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