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Quotes of the day: Carrie Fisher

Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 10:34 PM EDT
Oct 20 2015

Carrie Frances Fisher (b. October 21, 1956-December 27, 2016) was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy, and reprised the character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She was also known for her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and the nonfiction book Wishful Drinking based on the show. Besides her work in the Star Wars original trilogy, she had roles in films such as The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, The 'Burbs, When Harry Met Sally... and Shampoo. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence.

Anything you can do in excess for the wrong reasons is exciting to me.

As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don't.

Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.

Here's how men think. Sex, work- and these are reversible depending on age- sex, work, food, sports and lastly, begrudgingly, relationships. And here's how women think. Relationships, relationships, relationships, work, sex, shopping, weight, food.

I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.

I am somewhat nonplused by the event that is my life.

I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result.

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

I Googled myself without lubricant. I don't recommend it.

I really love the internet. They say chat-rooms are the trailer park of the internet but I find it amazing.

I think of my body as a side effect of my mind.

I think that the truth is a really stern taskmistress.

I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish.

I was street-smart; unfortunately, the street was Rodeo Drive.

I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid, that I was a light bulb in a world of moths. That is what the manic state is like.

I'm very sane about how crazy I am.

I've actually gone on stage depressed and that's worked its magic on me, 'cause if I can convince you that I'm alright, then maybe I can convince me.

If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That's my word for it.

Instant gratification takes too long.

Leia follows me like a vague smell.

Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity.

Mothers are great. They outlast everything. But when they're bad, they're the worst thing that can happen.

My idea (in taking drugs) was pain reduction and mind expansion, but I ended up with mind reduction and pain expansion.

Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.

There are three degrees of being weird. They are
(1) Salvageably weird.
(2) Weird.
(3) Irrevocably weird.

There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'

Two of the saddest words in the English language are, 'What party?' And L.A. is the 'What party?' capital of the world.

You can't find any true affection in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake affection so well.

You're supposed to get old with someone, not because of them.


(October 21 is also the birthday of Ursula K. Le Guin.)

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