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Julia Child Quotes

Julia Carolyn Child

Julia Child quotes: wisdom from the late TV personality.

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

“The more you know, the more you can create.  There’s no end to imagination.”

“Anything is good that advances the profession.”

“If everything doesn’t happen quite the way you’d like, it doesn’t make too much difference, because you can fix it.”

“Drama is very important in life: you have to come on with a bang.  You never want to go out with a whimper.  Everything can have drama if it’s done right.”

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.”

“Learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun!”

“If you’re in a good profession, it’s hard to get bored, because you’re never finished.  There will always be work you haven’t yet done.”

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.”

“One learns by doing.  Well, all I know is this: nothing you ever learn is really wasted, and will sometimes be used.”

“The more I learned the more I realized how very much one has to know before one is in-the-know at all.”

“Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.  Good results require that one take time and care.”

“Operational proof… it’s all theory until you see for yourself whether or not something works.”

“The measure of achievement is not winning awards.  It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.”

“You must have discipline to have fun.”

“I think the inner person is the most important.  I would like to see an invention that keeps the mind alert.  That’s what is important.”

“You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people.  Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others?  Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.”

“Remember, ‘No one’s more important than people.’  In other words, friendship is the most important thing.  Not career or housework, or one’s fatigue.  And it needs to be tended and nurtured.”

“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person.  You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.”

“I think the role of a woman is to be married to a nice man and enjoy her home.  I can’t think of anything nicer than homemaking.  In all our years of living abroad, Paul and I were rarely apart.  We had a happy marriage because we were together all the time.”

“Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you’ll have a marvelous time!”

“My whole life has been concerned with communication.  Communication is the glue that holds people together.  It’s the mortar of civilization’s structure.”

“All publicity is good publicity.”

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”

“I didn’t get my first TV show until after I had turned 50, but I enjoyed decades of well-deserved success, serving as an inspiration to anyone who finds their passion later in life.”

“Upon reflection, I decided I had three main weaknesses: I was confused (evidenced by a lack of facts, an inability to coordinate my thoughts, and an inability to verbalize my ideas); I had a lack of confidence, which caused me to back down from forcefully stated positions; and I was overly emotional at the expense of careful, ‘scientific’ thought.  I was 37 years old and still discovering who I was.”

“I could at times be overly emotional, but was lucky to have the kind of orderly mind that is good at categorizing things.”

“I’m not a chef.  I think in this country, we use the term very loosely.  I’m a cook and a teacher.”

“I was always careful to use ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ in talking about my career.  My husband, Paul, had been my original inspiration and mentor, and was essential to my success.  Without Paul Child, I would not have had my career.”

“As a girl I had zero interest in the stove.  I’ve always had a healthy appetite, but I was never encouraged to cook and just didn’t see the point in it.  I only became interested in cooking when I married Paul.”

“My determined attitude, and the many failures, extended far beyond my first foray into the kitchen.  I faced failure many times over before I created the success I’m known for today.”

“I’m a very determined person who loves to work hard and am energized by success.”

“I’m not driven.  I’m enjoying what I do, and I don’t have any great ambitions.  I’m lucky to be in this profession that I just adore.”

“Just about every day I learn something new.  It’s a very wonderfully creative profession.”

“Just like becoming an expert in wine—you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford—you learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious.”

“In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

“I think you must exercise and be aware of what you’re eating, but don’t diet and don’t cut out fats.  That’s just ridiculous!  And don’t overdo everything, but enjoy.  You’ve got to enjoy life!”

“Moderation.  Small helpings.  Sample a little bit of everything.  These are the secrets of happiness and good health.  You need to enjoy the good things in life, but you need not overindulge.”

“We should enjoy food and have fun.  It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.”

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

“I enjoy cooking with wine.  Sometimes I even put it in the food.”

“Bon appétit.”

“Old age is a state of mind and a function of mass hypnosis rather than an absolute.”

“Celebrity has its uses.  I can always get a seat in any restaurant.”

“I don’t think about whether people will remember me or not.  I’ve been an okay person.  I’ve learned a lot.  I’ve taught people a thing or two.  That’s what’s important.  Sooner or later the public will forget you, the memory of you will fade.  What’s important is the individuals you’ve influenced along the way.”

“My mission was to teach people that anybody could cook.  And that is what I wanted to leave the world more than anything else.”

“If variety is the spice of life, then my life must be one of the spiciest you ever heard of.  A curry of a life.”

“Life itself is the proper binge.”

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