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Marlo Thomas Quotes

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Marlo Thomas quotes: popular quotes from the actress slash activist.

“First you have to have a dream.”

“I’ve always been a champion of kids pursuing their dreams.  But sometimes in life, extraordinary circumstances may force us to temporarily put our dreams on hold.  The most important thing is to never lose sight of that dream, no matter what punches life may throw in our way.”

“Just keep trying every single day to do one thing to get you closer to your dream.”

“Now what?  I think that’s the big thing.  You may need to be helped and encouraged to be able to dream again because not all of the dreams we have in our lives last our lifetime.  We have to find another one and another one and another one.”

“I raised you to be a thoroughbred.  When thoroughbreds run, they wear blinders to keep their eyes focused straight ahead with no distractions, no other horses.  They hear the crowd, but they don’t listen.  They just run their own race.  That’s what you have to do.  Don’t listen to anyone comparing you to me or to anyone else.  You just run your own race.”

“Be who you are.”

“You can’t be happy, if you’re not free and you’re not fulfilling yourself.”

“Acting is not in the mind.  It’s in the doing.  That’s the same with life.  You can’t sit home and wish for it and talk to your friends about it.  You have to do something.  Do something every single day to get to where you want to go.”

“If you want to get somewhere in six months, you’re not going to get there by wishing it.”

“If you really need to, you have to make it happen.”

“It’s important to think big, but you’ve got to work small.”

“Never face facts; if you do, you’ll never get up in the morning.  That’s my mantra, anyway.  People are always telling you that you can’t do it.  You don’t have enough money, or you’re too young, or you’re too old, or you’re too tall, or you’re too short, or whatever.  Don’t listen to any of those facts.  Make up your own facts.  That’s the first thing.”

“People really want to do something good.  You just have to show them where it is.”

“People don’t want to be bothered, if they’re not being pressured to change.  You have to push people.  You have to be the agitator that makes the pearl.”

“Small steps can help people make big changes to achieve what they really desire.  That wish isn’t going to go anywhere unless you do something about it.  Every day, just do one thing.  At the end of six months, you’ll be somewhere.”

“We’ve been taught to believe that actions speak louder than words.  But I think words speak pretty loud all of our lives; we carry these words in our head.”

“We’ve got the internet now.  We have a virtual town hall in the internet.  Marching doesn’t seem to be quite as strong as it was in my day because the internet is really a national town hall where people really get to talk.  It’s a great place to have the conversation.”

“The rejection that we all take and the sadness and the aggravation and the loss of jobs and all of the things that we live through in our lives, without a sense of humor, I don’t know how people make it.”

“Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits.  And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind.  It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.”

“I think in my case, I had no choice but to have a good sense of humor.  I grew up with my dad, Danny Thomas, and George Burns and Bob Hope and Milton Berle and Sid Caesar and all those guys were at our house all the time and telling jokes and making each other laugh.”

“You really do learn by example.  Especially women, sometimes we think somebody’s going to rescue us, or somebody’s going to teach us how to do it, when in fact we have to understand that the biggest resource we have is inside of ourselves.  I know that I can count on me to take care of me.  That’s a very important thing to know.”

“Women have to make a living.  We don’t live in a wealthy world where we even have a choice.  We’re losing our choice of whether or not we need to work.  If we want to work, we obviously should work and have that choice, but a lot of women can’t even get to the word ‘want.’  They need to work.  And it’s great to see women who needed to work and found a way to become a firefighter or a steel worker.  That, to me, is very exciting.”

“One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.”

“Women should know that they don’t have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing them—that there is always time to start a new dream.”

“One woman is a pest and two women is a team, but three women or more is a coalition.  If you can bring a lot of people together as a coalition, you can get a lot changed.”

“Any woman who accepts aloneness as the natural byproduct of success is accepting a punishment for a crime she didn’t commit.  And she is not acknowledging one of the most precious lessons of the women’s movement—the lesson of community.  We may not able to tell women that there is safety in freedom.  But we certainly can say, with absolute certainty, that for free women, the only safety is in numbers.”

“It’s so important to raise people to grow up to be who they are and not be forced to be who they’re not.”

“I didn’t have a bad childhood so I couldn’t make one up.  I had a wonderful childhood.  The ‘baddest’ thing in my childhood was that my parents traveled a lot.  We had a pretty normal childhood if you can call being Danny Thomas’ daughter normal.  We didn’t know anything else.  Our parents loved us.  We were taught to love each other and to be respectful of our parents.”

“I think I have confidence because my parents made my sister and brother and I feel that we were important and what we had to say was important.  We didn’t get shut up.”

“I think when you’re raised that way, you can’t help but have some self-esteem.  There was nobody telling me I was no good, I’d never be anything… all that stuff.”

“People are so hard on themselves.  I’m hard on myself for the fact that I push myself and I expect the best out of myself and if I’m not giving my best, ‘You’re not giving your best, you really gotta hone down here.’  But I do think I can do better and I push myself to do my best.”

“I’m not the kind of person to sit back and let others do for me.”

“I was an educated girl.  I’d done very well in school.  I had a good grade point average and graduated from USC as an English teacher.  My dad didn’t even finish high school.”

“What the results are telling them is that the most money is spent in volume by young people.  They also see young people as the consumers of tomorrow and are trying to capture their attention from their competitors.”

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers.  The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”

“As much success came to him, my father stayed true to his promise.  He built the hospital to help the most helpless children with catastrophic illnesses.”

“Every child deserves a chance at a life filled with love, laughter, friends and family.”

“I am extremely grateful for two big gifts from my father.  First, my sense of humor—the ability to see the humor in something while it is happening.  That has cushioned my life.  I am also grateful for the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  It has enriched my life and made me a very different person.”

“I find that balancing my life with my work with the kids at St. Jude, working on books, working on my career as an actor and taking time out for my husband and family help to cushion a lot of the blows.”

“We define the big words the same, you know, ‘fair’ and ‘unfair,’ ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable.’  Those are the words.  I think if you define those words the same and you live your life that way there’s a better chance of sticking it out together.”

“We are lucky.  As my friend Alan Alda once said, ‘Marriage is like throwing the glass dice on a brick floor.  We just don’t know how it can turn out.’  So Phil and I are very fortunate.”

“I try to always keep myself involved in things in life other than just my work so that I don’t always have all my eggs in one basket.”

“I found being able to talk to my family about my feelings, praying for strength and realizing that our lives have a deep purpose and the journey of our lives is to find out what that is and express it, was the only way I could have gotten through it.”

“People are going to remember what they remember.  They’re going to remember me as That Girl or as working with St. Jude or remember me as Phil’s wife.”

“Where will I be five years from now?  I delight in not knowing.  That’s one of the greatest things about life: its wonderful surprises.”

“I’m reading and just sitting in the sun looking at the water and thinking that the world is certainly a nice place today.”

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