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Winona Ryder Quotes

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder quotes: on depression, the plus side of aging, her relationship with money, and more.

“Life’s short, so if you’re going to spend months doing something, it’s gotta be pretty special.”

“Most importantly, you should feel comfortable with yourself.  That’s what I love about getting older.  The older you get, the more yourself you can be and the less worried you are about what other people think.”

“I am not a person who can really sit around and think about regrets because with every bad experience that you have, there is weirdly something good that comes from it.”

“You have to work to be relevant.”

“It’s all about knowing when to listen to that conversation and – without sounding really hokey – when to tune it out and follow your heart.”

“I’m used to being told what to say, but not what to think.  That’s usually left up to me.”

“[What] I try to live by is John Lennon: ‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.’  It’s happening.  It’s right now, like right this minute.  That is a very important way to work, and an important way to live.”

“I think too much.  I think ahead.  I think behind.  I think sideways.  I think it all.  If it exists, I’ve f*cking thought of it.”

“When you finally accept that it’s okay not to have answers and it’s okay not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being.”

“I’ve learned that it’s okay to be flawed, that life can be messy, that some days you glide and some days you fall, but most important, that there are no secret answers out there.”

“I am super-sensitive, and I don’t think that that’s a bad thing.  To do what I do, I have to remain open.”

“I don’t regret opening up about what I went through with depression, because, it sounds really cliché, but I have had women come up to me and say, ‘It meant so much to me.’  It means so much when you realize that someone was having a really hard time and feeling shame and was trying to hide this whole thing.”

“Crazy isn’t being broken, or swallowing a dark secret.  It’s you or me, amplified.”

“Emotional intensity, contradiction – these aren’t signs of instability or immaturity; they’re the sophisticated processing of an intelligent, mature adult.”

“Find the positive in someone.”

“I write pretty much every day, but I don’t have any desire to publish anything.”

“Money doesn’t matter on a deeply personal level.  It doesn’t make you feel any happier.  But of course I am very aware that I don’t have to worry about earning a living or about those very important practical things that most people have to worry about on a very real level.”

“I think I’m learning to be bolder in my career choices and be more confident in my personal life.  I haven’t always felt very secure as an individual, but now I feel a certain confidence and sense of self that gets me through the day a lot better than before.”

“One of my worst fears is being a self-indulgent person.  Feeling conflicted, confused, or just ambivalent is a feature of being alive and not a bug.”

“I think it’s important to have as much of a normal life and take the time to get perspective because it only helps your work in the long run.”

“But I’ve always felt a need to have a life which is completely separate – at least as far as possible – from the kind of illusory lifestyle that comes with being a celebrity.”

“My problems seemed so glamorous to other people, and everyone just thought I was so lucky.  But then, I was lucky because my family was really there for me.  I think I just felt like I really wanted to hold on to who I was as a person, and try to have as much of a normal life as I could.”

“I was regarded as the school freak which further reinforced a lot of inhibitions and doubts I had about myself.  I was a shy, frightened teenager for a long time.”

“I think I really scored with my parents.  All of my friends pretty much came from broken homes, and my parents are still together, but not only that, they’re still in love and still write together.”

“My parents always wanted me to do something important.  I wanted very much to be a writer, or an activist.  I wanted to change the world, to be part of a movement.  I never thought of myself as being in any kind of a spotlight.”

“I feel like it’s okay to be who I am.  It’s okay to be a f*cking movie star.  It’s okay to live in a nice house.”

“I don’t believe I am influencing anybody but myself.”

“I don’t want to preach, and I don’t want to tell people what to do.”

“I was inspired by lots of people, certainly in acting and in writing and stuff, but I never wanted to be somebody else.”

“Even though I never really had to pound the pavement as an actor, I always worked really hard.”

“I just did what I found interesting.  I was so lucky that I was able to do that, especially in the ’90s.  I was really able to have a life to go back to.”

“I want to be a good friend, a good sister, a good person, and a good actress.”

“As an actress, you want to try new things.  You don’t want to repeat yourself.  That becomes more important to you, as you get older.”

“A girl can dream.”

“I feel my best when I’m happy.”

“Looking back – I did have a lot of success and a lot of great opportunities earlier in my career.”

“I was so incredibly blessed early on.  I experienced a lot of success, but it was never really about the billing.  It was about the people I was getting to work with and doing interesting roles.  I’ve just really scored.”

“I do love what I do, and I want to continue to do it.”

“I definitely count my blessings.  I feel like I’ve had such a great ride.”

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