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Gloria Vanderbilt Quotes

Gloria Laura Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt quotes: on art, sex, mystery, money and more.

“You must always have great, secret, big fat hopes for yourself in love and in life.  The bigger, the better.”

“I believe there is an impulse in each of us to make our own personal and individual mark on the world around us.”

“Years ago I asked my friend, the great actress Ruth Gordon, to articulate in a few words the secret to her indomitable, unsinkable spirit.  Her reply was a gift that became a mantra for me: ‘It takes courage.  It takes believing in it.  It takes work.  It takes rising above it.  It takes me liking you, and you liking me.  It takes the dreaming soul of the human race that wants it to go right.  Never stop dreaming.  Think about it.'”

“I like the idea of showing that you can go through a lot and still be on your feet, still be working, and still be positive about life.  And that you can still think that the best thing is around the corner, which I really do.  I think something wonderful is going to happen to me.  Maybe tomorrow.  The phone can ring and your whole life can change.”

“One of the goals of life is to try and be in touch with one’s most personal themes – the values, the ideas, styles, colors that are the touchstones of one’s own individual life, its real texture and substance.”

“We are not put on this earth to see through one another.  We are put on this earth to see one another through.”

“That is the best – to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.”

“I think that without pain, we can’t know what joy is.  And that is very sustaining for me because that is what life is.  If we don’t have pain, we don’t have joy and if we don’t have pain, we don’t know that we’re alive.”

“If one is telling the truth, there’s nothing to fear.  It’s very freeing.”

“I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.”

“The fame you earn has a different taste from the fame that is forced upon you.”

“The craving to be famous is like an insidious disease, no matter how well-known you become, it’s never enough, it never satisfies.”

“I’ve never let myself dwell on what other people think of me.  You can never change their minds, so why waste time trying?  Why agonize over it?  Better to concentrate on more important things.”

“I don’t read anything about myself.  As a child, there was something in me that was just instinctive.  I want to be clear in my spirit, and I don’t want to be blocked by things that get inside of you and kill you.”

“I think less is probably more where Instagram is concerned.  These days people seem to want to show every little thing about themselves, where is the fun in that?  There is nothing wrong with a little mystery, is there?”

“The heart of another is a dark forest.”

“To be happy, one must find one’s bliss.”

“Everything in life is elusive.”

“I don’t think age has anything to do with what you write about.”

“I don’t categorize myself as an 85-year-old woman who has written an erotic novel.  I categorize myself as a writer who’s written an erotic novel.”

“The only thing that would ever embarrass me would be something I would write that would be badly written.”

“A work of fiction is conceived very much the same way as a dream occurs in the mind of a sleeper.”

“I’ve done well because I’m lucky and I’m willing to be collaborative with the one thing you don’t want to be collaborative with: your writing.”

“Throughout my life I have taken detours in acting and writing, but art remains my abiding passion.”

“Art brings a message into a room.  It should make us perceive in a new way – either through color, form or narrative content – something we had not perceived before.  And perhaps reveal something to you about yourself.”

“I was fearless.  Wild horses couldn’t stop me.”

“When I started traveling, I would go to a city and be on television and I used to get the question, ‘Why do you work?  If I were you, I’d just go and lie on a beach somewhere.’  And I’d answer, ‘Well, I wanted to make something of my life.'”

“I had an image of myself that at my core there was a rock-hard diamond that nothing could get at, nothing could crack.”

“Remember whenever money is involved, it brings out horrific things in people.  It has the power not only to split families apart, but to destroy the foundations of one’s life.  Never lose site of this.  Take time and be certain you place your trust in those whose interests and goals mirror your own.”

“I do spend money.  I like to spend money, on houses – on furnishing houses.  And I love to give presents to people.  It’s just in my nature to be that way.  I always spent money I had.  And I always spent what I made.  I’m not stingy.”

“There’s a saying I read recently; I painted it on the fireplace and in my studio: ‘Be kind to everyone you meet, for everyone is fighting a great battle.’  We all are.  Everyone.”

“You breathe in and out; you breathe in and you breathe out, and you live one moment into the next moment, and then time goes by, and you find you’re able to put one foot in front of the other.”

“If you have health, you have everything.”

“If you’ve never had a mother or a father, you grow up seeking something you’re never going to find, ever.  You seek it in love and in people and in beauty.”

“And it came to me, and I knew what I had to have before my soul would rest.  I wanted to belong – to belong to my mother.  And in return, I wanted my mother to belong to me.”

“I do take very good care of myself, and I’m always in love.  And by that I mean I have an appetite for life.  I’m in love with beauty and things and people and love and being in love, and those things I think, on the inside, show on the outside.”

“Sex was something that really saved me.  I mean, it gave me a sense of self.  I had very low self-esteem.  No confidence at all.  And the minute boys came into the picture, it absolutely changed my life.”

“I’m always in love.  If it’s not with a man, it’s something else.  I love beauty.  I love the sky I see outside the window.  There’s so much beauty in the world.”

“So I think I’ve been really very, very lucky.”

Death is the price you paid for being born.”

“Even death is wonderful because, as Woody Allen says, ‘We’re not going to know when it happens.'”

“All of us hope that our choices and our actions will make a little sweeter those rooms we enter, those worlds we move through, those lives we touch, those people and those places we leave behind us.  It is, in a way, our small gesture toward immortality, our little message to the universe.  It says, ‘I was here,’ to the ages.”

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