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Uma Thurman Quotes

Uma Karuna Thurman

Uma Thurman quotes: Beatrix sounds off.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re waiting for your ship to come in.”

“You can’t find something if you don’t know what you’re looking for.”

“I think that life force is invaluable.”

“It’s all about wanting to go forward.”

“It is technically a failure when you don’t try.”

“You learn that the first failure isn’t the end. I thought I’d seen the end of my career 10 times over. I’ve experienced them as death blows. What’s nice—after numerous efforts, successes, failures, losses, professional and personal—is to actually accept you’re not going to ace your life. You suffer, then you get on with it. You may spend three months in bed, but, eventually, you’re going to have to get up.”

“It’s a shakedown. But I feel grateful that the hard things have been survivable. I’ve been able to learn from them and grow.”

“Daring to me is having courage; it’s a daily meditation to take breath and find strength.”

“Change is usually preceded by some kind of drift.”

“It’s taken me a long time to learn to accept the risks and just be willing to try it over and over again.”

“You know what daring really is to me? It’s maybe much more simple: the willingness to get up and try it again. It’s not about whether or not you fall down, it’s how you get back up. And I’ve taken quite a few tumbles, myself.”

“There are so many ebbs and flows in life.”

“Boredom is a great motivator.”

“Life sweeps you up. Some people resist a lot.”

“To me, it’s an optimal point of view to see things new and be open-minded and flexible, and yet come at it with an arsenal of experience and humor. There’s not much better to offer than a sense of humor.”

“I think we are living in a time, where as a whole, as a community, people do want to push the boundaries.”

“Reading recent history is good to humble yourself, and also to feel some hopefulness that there is progress.”

“People who blame everybody else, they don’t realize doing that is like writing a blank check for all the control in their lives. But if you take responsibility, you can effect change. If you don’t, you’re a helpless victim. You choose!”

“It’s so important that you work with good people.”

“I do think that what’s wonderful in life is that we gain perspective as we take on different roles that are mind and heart opening.”

“Uncomfortable silences: why do we feel it’s necessary to yak about bullsh*t in order to be comfortable?”

“That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the f*ck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.”

“I think everybody has a hard time connecting, but as you get older and you want more and you expect more and you know more, it’s just different. If you start wanting too much from it without it naturally unfolding, then that makes it bad. If you start not wanting anything, then you are not serious.”

“When I was 30, I thought I’d done it all. When I was 25, I thought I’d done it all too. It’s amazing how you keep finding more things to do.”

“It’s an interesting thing to be in your forties and evaluate success and take ownership of some disasters and some pain and try to forgive a little bit—yourself and others.”

“I used to be more paranoid and stressed, constantly worrying about my Plan B. But the truth is I don’t have one.”

“I still love the people I’ve loved, even if I cross the street to avoid them.”

“Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.”

“You know how parents rattle on to you about, ‘Oh, you won’t believe your life will never be the same,’ and you think, ‘Why can’t these people just get over it? All they’re doing is yakking about their kids. It’s such a bore.’ And then you have kids and you just want to do the same thing.”

“I love and adore being a mother. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. Parenting is a very intimate and amazing experience and one of the best experiences of my life.”

“I’ve learned that every working mom is a superwoman.”

“I certainly know I have been blessed with much more empathy than I ever knew I would feel for other people.”

“I had a very traditional background as well. My parents are neat people. I was an escapee of childhood. I always wanted to grow up.”

“I think particularly as a female, you’re taught to be defensive your whole life. You’re taught not to be aggressive.”

“But I think it is always difficult to have high expectations of yourself or anyone else.”

“I’m very happy at home. I love to just hang out with my daughter, I love to work in my garden. I’m not a gaping hole of need.”

“Being an actress is not about yourself. It’s about discovering other things and other people and other cultures. The richness that that has brought to my life and me as an individual is immeasurable.”

“It’s one of the things that weirdly I always used to like about my job: that expressing the emotions of a writer or someone creative and breathing empathy and life into a character people can then identify with, that they’d feel less alone.”

“For a writer, they say write what you know. As a performer, you find it in yourself, in your heart. You relate to the character. You try to live it, try to have it be real for you.”

“That’s the wonderful thing about drama and writing and fiction: it’s this wonderful shared experience that we all have. We can see into each other’s lives.”

“And I haven’t read a lot of blogs but if someone writes about what they care about I’m sure it’s interesting.”

“I think actresses are imagined to be these subjects of great vanity. Life is change; physicality changes. It’s transient, and that’s a beautiful and a painful thing.”

“Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It’s so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan.”

“It’s all we are: the sum of our experiences. Besides, some of the best things in life are total mistakes.”

“When people tell me I’m beautiful, I do not believe a word of it. I’m enjoying getting older because I feel I didn’t appreciate being pretty when I was younger.”

“If I looked distinctly different, I would have a different kind of career and different kinds of challenges. But there are plenty of challenges that come from being a tall girl. Nobody would have thought I would have a 20-year career in front of me when I started!”

“As they say in gambling, I’ve gotten to stay at the table. I’ve hung in! They pull the plug on people all the time. The sky hook comes out, and it’s all over.”

Aging is not something I fear. Feeling old is the mentality of the youth. You pass a point and everything starts to feel shockingly new again in a way that is absolutely glorious.”

“Being a celebrity is one of the fringe aspects of my job and one I’ve been tutored in, so to speak. I’ve learnt how to use it in a positive way and benefited from the brush with fame I had in my teens. It’s important to stay clear-headed and not to let fame become toxic.”

“Three tomatoes are walking down the street: a poppa tomato, a mamma tomato, and a little baby tomato. Baby tomato starts lagging behind. Poppa tomato gets angry, goes over to the baby tomato, and smooshes him and says, ‘Catch up!'”

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