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Diane Ladd Quotes

Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd quotes: beautiful life lessons from the long-time actress.

“Did you ever have a dream? Did you set it down? Pick it up again!”

“It’s about not giving up. It is about being true to yourself. It is about what you have to ask yourself in life: did you put your dream aside? Where is it now? What dreams did you lay down in order to go to work and survive and make a living? Whether it is to write the great novel or a great piece of music or to open a pastry shop, different individuals, depending on their gifts, have different dreams. Pick your dream up, dust it off, and while there’s a breath in you, try to accomplish it. Go for it.”

“You can do any damn thing you want to. It’s never too late.”

“That’s the key. The harder you work, the luckier you are.”

“We all have the same destiny. The difference is opening ourselves up to possibilities to joy, hope and happiness along the way. Give yourself and others a chance to take advantage of what’s out there and available.”

“You always encourage everybody to use their gifts.”

“To be allowed to work in the work that you love is a great opportunity.”

“Have a little faith, kick a little dirt.”

“Joy means getting rid of the negatives. They’re all around you; you are going to step into them every single day of your life. You’ve got to rise above it all.”

“If one human being loves you so much and whispers into your ear, ‘You can do it,’ you can get up the next day and go back out again.”

“I had a father, a veterinarian in Mississippi, who said, ‘Diane, you can do any damn thing you put your mind to, girl.'”

“When I was 17, someone asked me, ‘What makes you think you’re such a great actress?’ I answered automatically, ‘I was consummated an actress and given birth to become a better one.’ It was a very ‘young’ answer, but there’s a lot of truth in that answer.”

“I can do Shakespeare, Ibsen, English accents, Irish accents, no accent, stand on my head, tap dance, sing, look 17 or look 70.”

“My personality just steps away, and I’m in direct connection when I’m on stage.”

“To work with someone you love is something special, an incredible experience. But it could be a negative. You have to make a strong commitment to be honest. You’re not just being polite, like strangers on an airplane. You’re working. But to work with someone you love is a gift from the universe.”

“I really can’t stand not to be loved. I really can’t. If I walk into a room and feel there are people who don’t really like me, I have to leave.”

“It means a great deal to me that I can share my life and impart something to the next generation. We are living in a more mechanized world than when we were raising our children. The world is faster. We don’t stand with our children around the piano and sing at night. They’re off in the corner playing computer games on their telephone.”

“In life, there are always two steps forward and one step back, and the step back can be detrimental. I get the time to spend with my grandchildren in a different way than their parents do. The other day, one of my grandchildren had an argument with her mother. I took her out on the lawn, put a blanket down, and we lay on the blanket and looked up at the sky, and I said, ‘Let’s just relax and look at nature. Isn’t it beautiful?’ She became so relaxed and talked about how she felt, and I had the time to do that with her. That’s what grandparents are for.”

“American Indians have a saying: ‘The soul of a grandchild lives in the heart of a grandmother.’ I think grandmothers see clear because responsibility isn’t always on us. A grandparent can pull back and relax more, and have a little more detachment. The parent’s on the line, man. God’s got your backside pinned to the wall.”

“Many years ago, I used to say, ‘I haven’t lived long enough to be great.’ Now I don’t say that.”

“My greatest joy is fulfilling myself as an actress. I don’t always like the business, but I love my work, and my work is to reflect humanity so that you can identify with the characters. I don’t want to retire until the curtain goes down on this play. No, I’ll hop out of bed and crawl to work.”

“I can’t even begin to express the incredible good fortune I feel to love what I do and have found it. There are two people I have to thank for that, I guess for my birth and also for the vocation. To my parents Bruce and Diane, who showed me the love and the passion for acting.”

“Life is good. I have three wonderful dogs. I have beautiful flower gardens and I have a home full of love.”

“For 30 years, which I never talked about in Hollywood, I actually worked with doctors lecturing and doing some medical intuitive counseling both in a medical setting and for the community at large.”

“I have fought most of my life to make this industry better for the next generation.”

“If I can help one person in this world, then it’s enough, and I’ve done my job.”

“I look around the world at what is happening to the human race, we’re not living in the easiest of times and we need inspiration more than ever, now.”

“Take a minute, for God’s sake, to say thank you when someone opens the door for you. Smile and acknowledge each other. Even dogs stop and sniff each other!”

“Don’t get trapped in the illusion of glamour, or thinking that you are the part you’ve created. You are in this world, not of this world. You have a job to do so stay focused on doing it as well as you can.”

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