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Sophia Loren Quotes

Sofia Villani Scicolone

Sophia Loren quotes: wisdom from the Golden Age actor.

“It’s necessary to have an energy that carries you forward.  You need the will to live, to have a great curiosity.  To look for the best in life, to find new interests.”

“You can always dream.  Life is full of dreams that you can fulfill.”

“Every opportunity is a big opportunity.”

“I firmly believe we can make our own miracles if we believe strongly enough in ourselves and our mission on earth.”

“Luck assists fortune.  You need to catch the moment.  Otherwise, the opportunity fades.”

“Success, I would find out, is interior.  It has to do with self-fulfillment and the joy of living.”

“There’s no pleasure in working if you don’t do the things you want to do.”

“Mistakes are the price of an interesting life.  I am still involved in the process of self-discovery.  It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe and not to explore at all.  Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”

“When I’m walking along in the street, I always feel that around the corner, there is something wonderful waiting for me.  That’s my attitude.  Maybe round the corner I am going to find something beautiful.  I always think positively.”

“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.  You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows and unfair reversals.  That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.  Never let your desire slide away from you, your belief in yourself and what you felt you could achieve.”

“Believe me, it is actions that count.”

“Be honest about what you can get.  To make a sacrifice and to get what you want you need to be very certain.  In other words: always think about your objective, have a clear goal and commit to it from the heart.”

“Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline.  They are weak.  I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.”

“I was blessed with a sense of my own destiny.  I have never sold myself short.  I have never judged myself by other people’s standards.  I have always expected a great deal of myself, and if I fail, I fail myself.  So failure or reversal does not bring out resentment in me because I cannot blame others for any misfortune that befalls me.”

“My mother taught me the most important principles, to be determined in life, to be disciplined, to be able to understand that there are some things that you can’t do and other things you have to do, that you always have to be surrounded by love, that you have to be understanding.”

“The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.”

“I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful.  I don’t understand people who hide from their past.  Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.”

“I believe that rewards in life are deserved.  Every reward is the fruit of discipline, of dedication and of sacrifices.  And of stubbornness.”

“If you have faith in what you do, and if you have faith in yourself, a little time goes by and you can find the right thing for you still.”

“I’m an actress.  It’s my passion.  I’ve always lived for acting.”

“I was not interested in what I could bring to myself by being an actress, but in what I could bring out of myself.”

“I was born wise.  Street-wise, people-wise, self-wise.  This wisdom was my birthright.”

“I know how to say ‘no’ in 12 languages.  That’s enough for a woman.”

“I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.”

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.  Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.  It is not something physical.  Any woman can look her best if she feels good in her skin.  It’s not a question of clothes or makeup.  It’s how she sparkles.”

“Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got and 50% what people think you’ve got.”

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love.  When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

“You experience so many things.  Joy.  Sorrow sometimes.  But I’ve had a wonderful life.  My life has been almost completely fulfilled.  I have a wonderful life.  And I will have a wonderful life.  My life has been almost completely fulfilled.  I said ‘almost’ but I have no regrets.  I’m proud of what I’ve done with myself.  And I’m very proud of my children.”

“There’s no question that I took from my mother a kind of strength and dignity in looking at life.  Now everything sounds very easy – like I’ve done everything with a magic stick.  But there were lots of sacrifices and risks that we went through.  I never thought and she never thought that I was going to be as successful.  I don’t know if I deserve what I have – it’s much more than I ever expected.”

“When I turned 50 I had dreaded that birthday for a long time and when it finally came I realized something: every age has its satisfactions.  I had achieved a certain balance, a certain harmony in my life, a summing up.  I’d been down a long road and had become reflective about my personal and professional lives.  It was like a red light at which I stopped and looked back.  I’d come through it all and I was proud.  I still am.”

“I don’t mind aging.  Everybody gets older – if they are lucky.  Age is a condition.  You have to cope with it as best you can.  You have to know how to get older or you become a caricature.  The important thing is to maintain your health and your vitality.”

“I am what I am, so whether you accept me or not, it is too late to change.”

“I have no regrets.  Regret only makes wrinkles.”

“You have to believe in marriage and you have to believe in a relationship between two people.  If you really think in your life that you have found the right person, you have to stick to it, even though there are ups and downs.  If you really believe in your union, you have to nourish it and work for it, then you can really spend your life together forever.”

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice – once for herself and once for her child.”

“True happiness is impossible without solitude.  I need solitude in my life as I need food and drink and the laughter of little children.  Extravagant though it may sound, solitude is the filter of my soul.  It nourishes me, and rejuvenates me.  Left alone, I discovered that I keep myself good company.”

“You have to enjoy life.  Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation.  There are so many positive things to think about.”

“You really have to be satisfied with what you are and accept from life what it still very generously offers you – and notice it, and be glad for it.”

“What counts in life is to bring about more of your own dreams.  In such a way that your life becomes like a fairy tale.  This is what has happened to me, it is just like that.”

“Isn’t it wonderful to be alive?  You know, you can forget all about it.  Then suddenly you remember, and think of all the things you can do.  Here I am.  I can walk around.  I can talk.  I can see things and remember things.  I am alive.  How wonderful!”

“Life is beautiful because you make it beautiful.”

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