Sissy Spacek Quotes

Mary Elizabeth Spacek

Sissy Spacek quotes: the Academy Award winner’s best quotes.

“You shouldn’t change what you are in the search for success.”

“When your career and your life can work together, and one can support the other, it’s just great.”

“You want to live your life and live it just as fully and as deeply as you can.  That’s your deep well of reserve.  That’s where you get all your – the fodder for your work.”

“It’s really about the work – if you are doing it for the right reasons – really, to illuminate the human condition.”

“I think the thread running through most… is the passion.”

“Ultimately, you have to work for your own enlightenment – for smarts – or it gets boring.”

“But you finally think, there is what there is, and you have to work within those confines and just keep chipping away at your own work.”

“Once you find something you like, you better stick with it!”

“The important thing is to be part of a good project with good, talented people.”

“When I’m pushing myself, testing myself, that’s when I’m happiest.  That’s when the rewards are greatest.”

“There’s a real danger in trying to stay king of the mountain.  You stop taking risks, you stop being as creative, because you’re trying to maintain a position.  Apart from anything else, that really takes the fun out of it.”

“I didn’t worry about leaving the fast lane.”

“I’m a fool for someone who wants to try new things.”

“Music is my thing.  In fact, that’s what I wanted to do.  I thought of myself as a musician.  I had never thought about acting.”

“For a while, I just sang at a steakhouse.  I would go from table to table and really just survived on tips.”

“I need to fill myself up with real life.  That’s kind of the well I draw from.”

“I’ve not had a mean life.”

“I listened to that voice inside me.  Everyone has an inner voice; you just have to listen to it and trust it in order to be led by it.  I did that, and it gave me the ability to live a life that’s true to who I am and what I really wanted.”

“I’ve been into exercise my whole life, been a runner and been into health and fitness always.”

“My biggest thrill in life is to read in the afternoon until I fall asleep and take a nap.”

“Everybody who loves me calls me Sissy, so I guess that’s just who I am.  When I’m 80, they’ll still be calling me Sissy.  Oh, well, I guess there are worse things.”

“The name ‘Sissy’ came because my brothers called me that.”

“Most things in my life I had before leaving home.  Values, support, great family.  I was shaped at an early age.  A musician… playing guitar… I wanted to be a folk singer.”

“One day, it just dawned on me that I’m from Texas, and that’s what I am.”

“There is a long tradition of pungent living in the South.  It was wonderful to have that imprinted on me so early in life.  I already had my core when I left my little town in Texas.”

“I was always proud about being from Texas and, you know, maybe that was part of fearlessness.  I love the fact that Texas is so big, but you don’t feel small because of that.”

“Texas is so big, and the place where I grew up was so little, and I was such a little thing growing up in the middle of it.  I had two choices: I could either spend my life feeling insignificant, or I could look on the life I lived as a microcosm of the universe.”

“My roots allow me to let go of the fear of failure.”

“I had no fear ’cause it seemed everyone in the audience always applauded whatever I did.”

“I’m grateful for my love of music, because it’s that fearlessness of being able to play for anybody, when I first came to New York, it really opened doors for me, and I owe my film career to my fledgling music career that never really took off.”

“Our perception of celebrities in Hollywood is not the reality.  The reality of our lives is so much like everyone else’s life.  We have family members we love, everyone gets up in the morning, they have three meals a day and they go about their business.”

“Celebrity status for me came slowly.  I wasn’t an overnight sensation.  I had time to prepare emotionally.”

“What’s normal?  I think I’m normal.  Maybe I’m abnormal because I get such a thrill from real life, just real life, everyday things.”

“Fame sweeps you away.  I had to go home every six months to remember who I am.”

“When I started out in independent films in the early 70s, we did everything for the love of art.  It wasn’t about money and stardom.  That was what we were reacting against.  You’d die before you’d be bought.”

“You relate to a character and you find that character within yourself.  It’s all parts of me.  I don’t leave characters behind.  I just let them go.”

“I was honored, I love that the film Carrie has such an impact on people and has left a huge lasting legacy and one of the most important horror movies ever.  I am also very proud of being part of a very creative, supportive period of movie making – the 70s was an important era and groundbreaking for all genres.  Carrie was one of the most brilliant collaborative efforts ever.  I am proud of everything about that film; I love it and am very grateful for it!”

“It’s not seeing myself 40 feet tall on a movie screen – it’s the work.  That’s what thrills me.”

“I go where the good work is being done.”

“The business has been good to me.”

“We like to believe we are in control of our destinies, even though we never are and we never have been.”

“I think that no human gets away unscathed in this old life.  We’ve all experienced loss and grief and pain and tragedy.”

“You know, your career is just your career; your life is your life!”

“You need to live life to be able to have something to draw from.”

“Our life is our life.  If we waste it, we’re fools.”

“I’m not paralyzed with fear, but I realize it is important to live as if there’s no tomorrow, always trying to maintain your integrity and have no regrets.”

“I don’t have any regrets, because I think life is like a creek.  It kind of meanders along, and you instinctively do the things you are meant to do.  There’s no great plan except doing really good.”

“If you’re doing this because you are interested and you love the work, you’ll have a happy life.  That was some of the best advice I ever got.”

“I live a very wonderful life.”

“It’s not what I expected, but it’s fabulous.  At a certain point, you just have to go for the gusto.”

“I was just fortunate; a really lucky girl.”

“You know, I don’t know what the future will bring, but I’m ready for whatever comes!”

“All I know is there’s an open road ahead of me, and I’m still eager for the journey.”

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