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Rashida Jones Quotes

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Rashida Jones quotes: Ann Perkins on her big brain, being biracial, raunchiness, and much more.

“I know that in life there will be sickness, devastation, disappointments, heartache—it’s a given. What’s not a given is the way you choose to get through it all. If you look hard enough, you can always find the bright side.”

“Being good at your job is really important.”

“Fail fast. Fail often. The most talented people in the world have bad ideas. That’s a good thing to learn.”

“There’s room for everything in everybody.”

“Once, a friend’s mom said to me when I was very young, ‘You can’t really invest in your looks as the only thing because it’s a depreciating asset.’ I think this is true. It’s like putting money into a stock that’s going down. Put your money, put your effort, invest in your brain and talent which will appreciate and get better as you get older.”

“There is really only one way to really exude beauty and that’s from your own contentment in your life and your own satisfaction within yourself.”

“There was a time when I let go of the reins and thought, ‘What’s meant to happen will happen.’ That’s probably one of my biggest faults as a person, and something that I’ve had to work really hard on: believing in this idea that the universe will decide for me. The universe is not going to decide in your favor.”

“When a thing you love faces adversity, you start to feel more protective of it. Also, you take an inventory all the time.”

“My pet peeve and my goal in life is to somehow get an adjective for ‘integrity’ in the dictionary. ‘Truthful’ doesn’t really cover it, or ‘genuine.’ It should be like ‘integritus.'”

“If you feel like you can’t actually do the right thing and you’re headed off into the field of justice, maybe there’s no point in going into it.”

“The minute you feel like there’s nothing left to learn, whether it’s with your career or life, you’re done.”

“My parents are the coolest of the cool on every single level, and it’s because they have a deep appreciation for every moment of their lives. My dad always tell me to make decisions from love and not from fear.”

“As much as my parents are part of Hollywood, I have no recollection of them giving me advice about it.”

“I have a father who came from nothing and conquered the world. The last thing I’m going to do is sit here and spend his money and try to look pretty. That’s not interesting to me at all.”

“I was lucky enough to have parents whose focus was never about being famous, or just being famous for no reason. They were both incredibly hardworking and loving, and that was never really an option for us, to just get spoiled and hang out. It was always instilled in me and all of my siblings that you’re never gonna really appreciate what you’ve accomplished unless you work hard for it. It’s never gonna feel good.”

“Music will always be a part of my life, but career-wise, acting is where my heart is.”

“I have friends who have no choice; they came from whatever town, they didn’t have anybody in entertainment and they just knew they wanted to act and they did it.”

“I’ve been really lucky with acting, in that I can do things I believe in and feel good about, and feel good about myself. If for some reason one day that ends, I won’t do it anymore. If I feel like I have to compromise myself to continue to be in this industry, I don’t want to do that.”

“I definitely work pretty hard to stay present and focused. I’ve also tried to create a life for myself where I’m surrounded by honest, loyal, and funny people, because I like to laugh.”

“I am definitively qualitative about work.”

“I don’t like expectations.”

“I’ve always wanted to be perceived as perfect and right, and there’s so much other stuff going on inside of me that’s not perfect and not right. I’m pretty flawed, y’all. You might not be cool with that, but here you go. Sorry, this is just who I am. There’s something that’s really a relief about saying that.”

“I’m not easily offended. I have a pretty high tolerance for raunchiness or shock value, so I’m the wrong person to use as a gauge.”

“You are so lucky to be best friends. Work hard at that. And respect that. Be patient. You don’t always have to be right. Even if you are, it doesn’t f*cking matter anyway. Fight for it everyday. I wish I had.”

“I’m generally a pretty friendly person.”

“I am who I am, and I wanted to go to Harvard when I was four years old, and I still wanted to go when I was 18, and so I went.”

“I would call myself a feminist, yes, I believe in the unadulterated advancement of women. And we have so far to go still.”

“I love guys and the way they think; they’re so straightforward—and women can learn from that.”

“I think that women are powerful and they’re multifaceted and they’re survivors.”

“I can be pretty persuasive if I believe in something strongly enough.”

“Everything is about consumerism. If there’s money to be made, there will be an audience and people will feel empowered and I truly believe that women haven’t fully tapped into their potential as a market.”

“Be friendly to everybody. Protect yourself. People sometimes want a piece of you for no good reason. And always do things out of love, not fear.”

“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies.”

“Just because a situation is grim doesn’t mean you don’t have every right to smile. It isn’t about being strong and pretending everything’s okay; it’s about finding joy where you can. It’s such a dynamic way to live.”

“If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.”

“I’m a sponge. I’m obsessed with comedy. I’m obsessed with the idea that you can make somebody laugh, and I love to be around people who can make other people laugh.”

“If I can surround myself with hilarious people every day, I will always want to go to work.”

“I don’t think any other emotion is the equivalent of laughter. So I do whatever I can to laugh all the time and to hide my pain.”

“There’s no better way to process pain than to write.”

“Learning how to write, learning how to write papers and structure, that’s been very helpful for writing.”

“Control the public’s perception of you and nobody will care if you have any talent.”

“I’m lucky because I have so many clashing cultural, racial things going on: black, Jewish, Irish, Portuguese, Cherokee. I can float and be part of any community I want. The thing is, I do identify with being black, and if people don’t identify me that way that’s their issue. I’m happy to challenge people’s understanding of what it looks like to be biracial, because guess what? In the next 50 years, people will start looking more and more like me.”

“It’s such a fortunate life.”

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