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Salma Hayek Quotes

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Salma Hayek quotes: smokin’ hot thoughts from Salma.

“Life is about creating new opportunities, not waiting for them to come to you.”

“Life is about chasing after the things you think are truly worth it, even if they don’t happen, I’d rather have nothing but know I didn’t settle for something I didn’t want!”

“I believe that success can happen at any time and at any age.”

“Dreaming big is about taking the simplest thing in life and enjoying it, and seeing it as the biggest thing that can possibly exist.”

“What is important is to believe in something so strongly that you’re never discouraged.”

“Sometimes evolving doesn’t mean transforming; sometimes it just means owning what is there.”

“I believe that change keeps you young.”

“Find what you need, not what everyone else wants for you.”

“If you are good at being in the moment and adjusting, you can actually have a clear vision of what to do with things or how to do things.”

“Try to figure out who you really are and not who you want other people to think you are.”

“I proved to myself that if I believe in something and set my mind to it I could actually accomplish it.”

“I said, ‘I’m going to the United States to study with Stella Adler and do movies because nobody here has done it and my passion is films.’  But I came here and I didn’t speak English, I didn’t have a green card, I didn’t know I had to have an agent, I couldn’t drive, I was dyslexic.”

“When I started acting, I was told over and over again, ‘You’re no good.’  But I said to myself, ‘You’ve got to keep it up.'”

“I’m very lucky I didn’t have it easy, because I’ve learned so much from having to figure out everything on my own and create things for myself.  Now I can teach what I’ve learned to the next generation.”

“I want to work for a long, long time and keep growing in my work, and if I am very lucky and very blessed, maybe somewhere along the line there will be one movie in there that becomes a classic.”

“I realize now that I’ve hoped to be great—as an actress, as a mother—because I want to embody the greatness of women who didn’t get to be all they could have been.  Their dignity, their courage, and their brilliance make me strive to be better.  They’re a part of me.”

“I am a feminist because I love women and I am ready to fight for women.  I am a feminist because I am proud to be a woman, and I am passionate about making the world a better place for women.  I am a feminist because a lot of amazing women have made me the woman I am today.  I am inspired by women every day, as friends and as colleagues.”

“You can be a thousand different women.  It’s your choice which one you want to be.  It’s about freedom and sovereignty.  You celebrate who you are.  You say, ‘This is my kingdom.'”

“Find your own style.  Don’t spend your savings trying to be someone else.  You’re not more important, smarter, or prettier because you wear a designer dress.”

“I became obsessed with all these women who die never feeling they did anything extraordinary with their lives.”

“When I speak about freedom, it’s about freedom of the spirit.  Freedom of the spirit can’t be represented by a body.  It has to be art.  It has to be all the colors.  It has to be something that moves and has no boundaries.”

“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.  This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”

“Before you do anything, think.  If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone’s attention, stop and think.  So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.”

“And you have to be able to walk away from a relationship when it’s time to walk away… and you have to teach your children this.  It’s the best way to love your children, because then they’ll learn this from you—that you had the courage to walk away from a relationship when you were unhappy.  You have to do what you have to do.  And the children have to understand it.  I think we have to teach this to our boys and our girls when they are young.  They need to understand that you got in a situation when you were too young, when you didn’t understand what you wanted, and because you listened to everyone else.  Your children may not listen to you… so you also have to be brave enough to respect their dreams.”

“It wasn’t a moment when I said, ‘I’m now going to decide who I am.’  It was a process.  And every day, I define myself.  I know who I am today.  I don’t promise you anything for tomorrow.”

“People always underestimate me.  But if you stick around long enough, act out of conviction, and try to be honorable in everything you do, good things will come to you.”

“I work hard, I make my own living and I love it.  I like having financial independence.”

“Yes, I’m beautiful.  I am beautiful and famous.  And yet the things I like about myself have nothing to do with that, because I don’t use wealth and beauty to define myself.  I do have money, but I could be richer.  I live in a small house.  I live a wonderful life, and I lack for nothing.  Maybe that does make it easier for me to say, ‘Be who you are,’ but I always tell people they shouldn’t be too impressed with wealth and fame.  They shouldn’t worship it.  I am in this machine, but I haven’t completely given my soul to it.”

“I still pay the same bills I always paid, and I understand I have to hit a certain mark with what money I make, to pay them.  If you took my bills away from me, that would feel strange.  I think it is part of what gives me confidence, to work, to know I can pay them.”

“I was excited about the possibility of the adventure of the nothingness that could be anything.  I was excited about being brave about it and saying, ‘What I left didn’t grab me by the balls.’  I can look at this and say, ‘Bye-bye, I don’t need you!  I am fine without you!’  And if nothing happened, I could live with not settling because I knew I was going to like myself for making the decision to just go for it.”

“I’m good at working, but I’m very good at playing.”

“Life, I’ve got lots of friends.  I don’t complain.”

“It doesn’t matter what you have faith in, just that you have faith.”

“You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of you at any age.”

“I still get passionate about things, but my passion is not so scattered and it’s not needy.  It’s a lot more powerful because it comes with this groundedness and peacefulness.  It’s about the process, not about the results.”

“I think it’s important that kids have responsibilities and understand the value of things, but I think it’s great I get to travel the world with my daughter.”

“I want my little girl to tell me who she is so I can encourage her and not impose my desires for her on her life.  I want her to dream big and to know that if she is willing to earn it, she can have anything, and become anything.”

“I am so, so lucky.  I am the luckiest girl in the world, really.  And still, with access to everything I could possibly want, I still say, ‘Oh dear, what am I going to wear today?’  There’s no ending to that question!”

“I might not be famous one day.  But I’d still be happy.”

“I just love life.  I’m excited about things in life.  I think that if you’re excited about life, you are excited about waking up and doing things with your life every day.”

“And this is the one thing I learned: how do you recognize what’s your true dream and what is the dream that you are dreaming for other people to love you?  The difference is very easy to understand.  If you enjoy the process, it’s your dream.  If you are enduring the process, just desperate for the result, it’s somebody else’s dream.”

“When you are passionate about life, it keeps you young.”

“Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it.”

“To be able to brag a lot on life—that’s everybody’s dream.”

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