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Olivia Wilde Quotes

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde quotes: her take on what the f*ck you should be doing in your twenties, thirties and forties, why she kicks it solo once in a while, the gift of motherhood, and more.

Inspiration is the key to everything.”

“Never believe anyone who tells you that you can’t do what you want to do.”

“Intelligence and hard work are what make men and women great.”

“Anything that becomes an obstacle in life is only an opportunity to learn and it’s the same in any profession I think.”

“I think wisdom allows you to have a more fulfilled life.”

“If you fall off a horse, you get back up.”

“Weakness is something we don’t like to admit we have.  We hold it against people, until we experience it, and then we feel more compassion for it.”

“I trust work.  I don’t live in fear.  All good experiences have come from trusting the universe.  There is no other way to live or love.  Otherwise, you create your own prison.”

“Only the really young are fearless, have the optimism, the romanticism to take unimaginable risks.”

“The thing that’s wonderful about social media is that we are able to give a voice to the voiceless and to help educate each other.  I benefit from it as much as I provide those lessons.”

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone.  You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.  It’s so important to have that independence.  You know it yourself – everyone needs evenings of their own.”

“Being young is the most painful and the most hilarious experience.”

“At the end of your twenties, you realize you are inherently flawed, and that’s great, and that’s what makes you dynamic.”

“You’re 30: you know stuff now.  Your 20s were for ‘ducking up’ (when is my phone going to learn that I never, ever meant to write ‘ducked up?’), and learning from those mistakes.  For instance, never again will I convince myself that sleep is for sissies and go straight from a party to the airport.  You will not ‘sleep on the plane.’  You’ll vomit in the security line.  Go to bed.”

“At 30, it’s not a lack of awareness of consequences, but I think it’s another biological, evolutionary shift that allows you to break away from the tribe.  And to be yourself.  And to live for yourself.  And I think it’s maybe designed so that you will be an elder, maybe it’s designed so you can be a parent but, you know, you don’t have to be.  The point is that you then are free to make whatever decision you want.”

“My thirties seem like this great opportunity to develop the experience and wisdom that will allow me to have an even greater decade in my forties.  Thirties feel like a fertile ground.  The twenties are for f*cking up, that’s what you’re supposed to do, and your thirties are for using the knowledge you gained from said f*cking up to make something, to put that experience toward something useful.  And then I think your forties are an opportunity to enjoy what you’ve worked for.”

“I think you go from living for your parents to your peers, maybe back to your parents, maybe to your employer.  You go through all these stages of living for other people, and I think at 30 you say, ‘It’s my life and I live it for me.'”

“From a very early age, I made my decisions based on careers that I admire.”

“My parents were journalists and friends with writers, artists, and just a really interesting assortment of people, so I was exposed to all lifestyles from a young age.”

“I think my confidence has developed over the years, in terms of the speed at which I will reveal how collaborative I want to be.”

“People think that young people don’t care about things, but I think they do care; they just aren’t super interested in conforming to what older people think are the right way to do things.”

“As you get older, you start to really ask questions like, ‘Is this the road I should be walking down?’ because every decision seems more final, as you get older.”

“The amazing thing about becoming a parent is that you will never again be your own first priority.  The gift of motherhood is the selflessness that it introduces you to, and I think that’s really freeing.  I think it allows you to put yourself in other people’s shoes.  The empathy that it slugs you with, being a mother.  And I think it makes you a better storyteller.”

“Listen, baby or no baby, getting out of the house to exercise is a serious achievement.  If you’re going to haul your behind to a class, it’s not going to be for anyone else; not your partner, nemesis, mother, or tabloid bloggers – just you.  And your special relationship with your own damn fat cells.”

“If you’re happy and healthy, it shows.”

“I consider my education to be the first 10 years of my career.”

“I love the writing process.  It’s something that I’m interested in personally.”

“The opportunity to be able to tell stories to a massive audience is really incredible and this job couldn’t be more satisfying.  So, any drawbacks I think are worth it if you really enjoy the work.  I hope to be doing this until I die.”

“Was that sh*t?  Okay!  Thank you, I’ll do it again.”

“I don’t regret anything I’ve done because I’ve learned something from each experience.”

“I have very high standards for every part of life – my work, my relationships, food, love.  I can’t just pretend.”

“[On giving back] It’s something we were raised with – a sense of responsibility, the idea of leaving the world better than how we found it.”

“I enjoy using the platform that I have in order to do good things, and to be a social justice warrior.  It’s such a loss when someone has an audience and a voice and doesn’t use it.”

“I think that my generation is defined by a new type of philanthropy.  Philanthropy is no longer a word just for rich older people who have fat checkbooks.  It is an active philosophy, the idea of really participating, and going around the world and building wells, or saving trees or whatever your thing is.  It’s active.”

“A real feminist doesn’t apologize for her beauty.  You can be a sexy, beautiful woman and be the smartest person in the room.  I admire women who can be feminists and fight for women’s rights, who believe in our powers as individuals and yet not apologize for beauty.”

“But even if I’m left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling.”

“I feel like the luckiest person on the planet.”

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