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Gayle King Quotes

Gayle King

Gayle King quotes: perspective from the TV personality.

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend, or a meaningful day.”

“Get your foot in the door and find somebody who you can tell is willing to help. In any organization, there’s always going to be somebody that doesn’t mind helping. You’ve got other people that are jerks and forget how they got to that place, but there’s always going to be somebody who’s going to be willing to help you. But you’ve got to get your foot in the door, and you have to work very hard, and you have to make sure that the people in power notice you.”

“You realize that you will get through and survive, and I don’t think there’s anything more powerful than that. Never let anybody dim your light.”

“I come from the school of ‘never let them see you sweat.’ You can try this on anything in your life. When stuff goes off the rails, it doesn’t do any good for both of us to start screaming. Don’t turn away, just look them dead in the face and say, ‘May we continue? Are you ready now?’ Even if you don’t say those words.”

“I think it’s okay to take a risk. Don’t take a foolish risk, but I think it’s good in life to take a risk.”

“You never go wrong when you take the high road. It’s less crowded up there. Especially these days, when people are encouraged to be their worst possible selves and be rewarded for it. You look at politics, you look at the way that we speak to each other, you just walk out your friggin’ front door and it’s people behaving badly. I don’t want to be a member of that club.”

“We’re all spending way too much of our time and energy trying to fight the stuff we can’t change.”

“With growth comes change.”

“I also believe that I don’t care who you are, how big you are, everybody always has something to learn. Everybody can always get better.”

“When people don’t want the best for you, they are not the best for you.”

“If you have anybody in your life who is not happy for your happiness, that person ends up sucking your energy. You want somebody who cheers you on in whatever that is.”

“My advice is always the same to everybody: just go on and be yourself. If you don’t have anything to say about something you don’t have to speak.”

“In the end, the truth always wins out. It always does, no matter how many times you tell a story that isn’t true. In the end, the truth comes out. There’s either video evidence or photographic evidence. I think the American people are smart consumers.”

“Ultimately, life is meant to be shared.”

“The dream for any parent is you want to raise happy, healthy, responsible, compassionate, kind kids. We all have a responsibility to do that.”

“The joy of reading can take you so many different places. In addition to intelligence and stretching your mind, I just think reading is so crucial in terms of being a well-rounded person.”

“For morning news, people want to know as they are getting dressed, as they are getting ready to leave for work: what has happened in the world overnight? Morning news is a surefire way to find out what that is. I personally love and celebrate the fact that you can go to bed and the world is one way and you wake up and it’s totally different.”

“I love the message that Barack Obama said—that we want Donald Trump to succeed because we want America to succeed. I’m sort of following that. I think there’s been a lot of frustration for a lot of people, but at the end of the day we all want this country to survive and thrive and be the superpower that we know it is.”

“I fell into TV quite by accident but once I was in a newsroom for the very first time, I was hooked because I loved the adrenaline. There was a breaking story that day and people were running around to get the news on the air. I thought, ‘Jesus, how do you get to do this?’ So, that’s how it started. The bulk of my career was in TV.”

“I always say when I sit on the set of CBS News that I have a front row seat to history, and it feels more important now than ever before because I do think sometimes the conversations are very nuanced, and I do think it’s important to point out different things that people might not have noticed before.”

“I majored in psychology. I still love listening to people’s problems. I’m still good at giving people unsolicited advice.”

“‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ sounds like a cliché, but it takes a lot to get me really angry or freaked out about anything. I’m a really solutions-oriented person, so you present me with a problem and I try to figure out, ‘Okay this has happened, what do we do, and how do we fix it?'”

“People say, ‘I can’t believe that you show your weight, I can’t believe that you tell your age,’ and I think number one, I’m so happy to be on the planet doing the job that I do, and as far as weight, I think people have eyes. I don’t see any point in sugar-coating things and I think so many people think that you have to present this picture that life is perfect and life is fine, and I just don’t think that that’s a reality, I don’t. Life has a lot of warts and ups and downs and I try not to overshare, but I think that my life is pretty typical of what a lot of people go through.”

“I’m never under any illusion that, despite the success that I’ve had, that there’s never another rung I can climb on the ladder. I don’t know what that is, but I think that there’s always a way to get better and do better.”

“I know for sure that nothing is guaranteed. Life always changes. I know for sure that I’m open to all possibilities always. Let’s just say my life is never boring.”

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain. To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices—today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.”

“In my office at CBS, I have a painting of a little black girl on a swing, because we’ve all been on a swing at some point in our lives. It’s pretty ginormous (I’d say it’s three feet tall) and underneath it I had a plate made that reads, ‘Wheee!’ That’s how I feel about life in general; I’m just so happy to be here, like the little girl on the swing.”

“I’m basically a really happy person. My life is nuts, but it feels complete.”

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

“The best way to live is to give, to worry less, and when we do what we love, we can do more than we ever imagined.”

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