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Kerry Washington Quotes

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Kerry Washington quotes: Olivia Pope’s most popular quotes.

“You can be the lead in your own life.”

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”

“When you have things that are very important to you in life, when there are things you want to do and be – that takes work.  It takes work to show up for your own story and show up for the dream and vision you have for yourself.”

“We all deserve the fruit of our labor.”

“You can never control how people respond to your work.  You can only control your own work ethic.”

“We need to be willing to be uncomfortable, to be flawed, to be imperfect, to own our voice, to step into our light, so that we can continue to inspire other people and employ other people, and make room for more and more voices and presence.”

“Things happen to people.  The key is to understand, even though it changed your life, that you can use it to define your life in ways that are positive.”

“I tend to think about empowerment for myself so that I have the courage and ability to act on the ideologies and priorities that resonate with me.  I’ve always wanted to cultivate a sense of empowerment within myself without seeking approval from outside sources.”

“I’m lucky.  I come from a really grounded family.”

“I’m the daughter of a professor, so… well, I think acting’s not a real job.  I come from this sort of academic, working-middle-class family where you make something respectable of your life, do something that matters.”

“I’ve always been a writer because I’ve always been a student.  My mom’s a retired professor, so I come from a very academic background.  I love writing, you know?”

“I wouldn’t just come home from school and watch TV everyday, they had me involved in lots of local theater.  I was a very dramatic, talkative child.  And that was part of my mother’s creative solution – to put me in workshops and classes and children’s theater programs.”

“I didn’t grow up thinking I was pretty; there was always a prettier girl than me.  So I learned to be smart and tried to be funny and develop the inside of me, because I felt like that’s what I had.  I don’t think I’m even close to fulfilling my potential.”

“From the beginning of my career, I have always tried to make really conscious decisions about the kinds of work I do.”

“At this point in my career, it felt important for me to be creating work for myself, and not, like, sitting at home and waiting to be invited to a party.  I’ve been so lucky, and I want to make sure the level of work continues to be as good – I thought maybe I should take a seat at the table and be part of the team that makes things happen, instead of putting my artistic destiny in other people’s hands.”

“Human beings are complicated and flawed and unique, but we all have a story to tell.  Gone are the days where our lead characters can only look like somebody else.  Heroes look like all of us.  We see ourselves in each others’ stories.  We see who we are.  We see who we want to be.  Sometimes we see who we don’t want to be.  And through that we have a greater understanding of ourselves and acceptance of each other.”

“I think sometimes in life we want to ignore the problems of society and just think about the good.  I believe in positive thinking and affirmative living.”

“When you buy into the cultural idea of what’s acceptable and unacceptable, you reinforce negative stereotypes and prejudices.  That wouldn’t work for me.  I don’t love to give advice to anyone, because we all have to make our own choices, but I’d want to live my life in truth.”

“I’m not interested in living in a world where my race is not a part of who I am.  I am interested in living in a world where our races, no matter what they are, don’t define our trajectory in life.”

“Learn to embrace your own unique beauty, celebrate your unique gifts with confidence.  Your imperfections are actually a gift.”

“It’s important to have the courage to be the best version of yourself and not try to look like anyone else.”

“In times when we’re being bombarded with things that are stressful, it’s important that we pick rituals that make us feel good.”

“I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to.”

“I have to do the work of self-love and affirmation, and say, ‘I am a woman, I am a person of color, I am the granddaughter of immigrants, I am also the descendant of slaves, I am a mother, I am an entrepreneur, I am an artist, and I’m joyful.’  And maybe in seeing my joy, you can finish your sentence with, ‘And I am joyful too.'”

“I choose to feel optimistic.”

“We will not fail.  We will not go down.  We will fight the fight.  There’s always a solution.  Now I feel that way.  I will not go down.  There’s always another way.”

“I don’t have to be perfect.  All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life.”

“I think everything in life happens for a reason.  I always think there’s room for me to improve as a person.”

“I just want to keep having the courage to raise the bar for myself, and to keep striving for excellence in artistic integrity and public service.  And to continue to challenge myself to move outside of my comfort zone, personally and professionally.”

“I am a person who has always been politically active and passionate about people’s rights.”

“You and you alone are the only person that can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell.  And the world needs your story because the world needs your voice.”

“When you leave here today and commence the next stage of your life, you can follow someone else’s script, try to make choices that will make other people happy, avoid discomfort, do what is expected, and copy the status quo.  Or you can look at all that you have accomplished today and use it as fuel to venture forth and write your own story.  If you do, amazing things will take shape.”

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