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32 Remarkable Meryl Streep Quotes

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Meryl Streep is a legendary actress whose name is synonymyous with success, greatness, and legacy. While being best known for her award-winning performances, She continues to be a voice for confidence, equality, and self-awarness. Meryl will continue to be a role model to many and inspire us all in the years to come.

Here are some of Meryl Streep’s best quotes:

1. “The gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” – Meryl Streep

2. “Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take you heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too” – Meryl Streep

3. “You can’t suppress the things that make us human. It’s pointless to try.” – Meryl Streep

4. “Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don’t think anything’s going to make a difference.” – Meryl Streep

5. “Don’t give up or give in in the face of patronizing ridicule, amused disdain or being ignored.” – Meryl Streep

6. “You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, keep going. Start by starting.” – Meryl Streep

7. “You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing.” – Meryl Streep

8. “The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself.” – Meryl Streep

9. “I think that you find your own way…In the end, it’s what feels right to you. Not what your mother told you. Not what some actress told you. Not what anybody else told you but the still, small voice.” – Meryl Streep

10. “I always feel like I can’t do it, that I can’t go through with a movie. But then I do go through with it after all.” – Meryl Streep

11. “Grace, respect, reserve, and empathetic listening are qualities sorely missing from the public discourse now.” – Meryl Streep

12. “I know what I do and what it means to me and where its sources lie, and that’s mine. It still is mine.” – Meryl Streep

13. “You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.” – Meryl Streep

14. “I’m really interested in the collaborative thing. It’s what makes it scary because you never know what it’s going to end up life. But you hope. You put yourself in the hands of the best people you can find, and you’re completely dependent on the kindness of strangers and their commitment. It’s like this mutual delusion.” – Meryl Streep

15. “True freedom is understanding that we have a choice in who and what we allow to have power over us.” – Meryl Streep

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16. “Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.” – Meryl Streep

17. “I let the actions of my life stand for what I am as human being. Contend with that, not the words.” – Meryl Streep

18. “It’s a good thing to imagine yourself doing something you think you can’t.” – Meryl Streep

19. “I want to feel my life while I’m in it.” – Meryl Streep

20. “I think you have to listen to the people who are deeply unhappy. You have to find the source of it and not overreact to the craziness in it.” – Meryl Streep

21. “It’s good to pust yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try it. Trying is so important.” – Meryl Streep

22. “Don’t waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living.” – Meryl Streep

23. “Instant gratification is not soon enough.” – Meryl Streep

24. “If you voice your fears they may come true. I’m superstitious enough to believe that.” – Meryl Streep

25. “Obsession is an attractive thing.” – Meryl Streep

26. “If you have a brain you are obliged to use it.” – Meryl Streep

27. “I like who I am now. Other people may not. I’m comfortable. I feel freer now. I don’t want growing older to matter to me.” – Meryl Streep

28. “Life is precious, and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize that each day is a gift.” – Meryl Streep

29. “The formula of happiness and success is just, being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.” – Meryl Streep

30. “What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep

31. “As there beings to be less time ahead of you, you want to be exactly who you are, without making it easier for everyone else.” – Meryl Streep

32. “Power, influence, strength – all those things can overpower what’s important in life. But as long as you have food and shelter over your head, if the necessities are taken care of, what makes us happy on top of that is very simple.” – Meryl Streep

Which quote resonated with you the most? Comment below!

Joe Kleckner has a passion for all things motivation & self-development.  From blogs such as Addicted2Success, to the videos of Eric Thomas and Elliott Hulse, to the lectures of legends such as Tony Robbins.  This passion has landed him an internship with Addicted2Success. Follow him on Twitter & Snapchat as he journeys towards greatness, one day at a time.

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30 Most Famous Quotes of All Time to Motivate You

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It seems in the last decade or so, motivational quotes and inspirational quotes are front and center on Facebook and Instagram feeds. It’s no wonder why. They really do have that impactful kick to make you get up and do stuff!

I know for me, it was all these quotes that I kept reading that:

  • pushed me out of my comfort zone
  • gave me courage to smash goals
  • helped me believe in myself
  • soothed my broken heart sometimes
  • helped me out of rock bottom, and
  • kept me strong in times of trouble

Legends like Les Brown, Joel Brown and Tony Robbins motivated the crap out of me. I stayed strong and focused because of their powerful words. I mean, they did quote all these inspirational words to motivate us, no?

Of course they did. So I’ve searched high and low for the best and most empowering famous quotes of all time in hopes they inspire you like they did me. 

Do quotes really help?

The answer is yes and no. No they won’t work if you read them, brush them off and never feel the power of their words.

Yes they will work if you make them work for you and you want them too. Quotes are like affirmations. Many of us recant affirmations either as part of our morning routine, evening routine or just whenever we need a boost. 

When you read them and repeat them out loud and feel each and every word in every ounce of your being, they work!! Besides, I’m living proof they help. Empowering quotes have helped me out of rock bottom twice, depression a few times, and helped me smash and achieve goals. 

So yes, they work. And these most famous quotes I’ve chosen are famous for a reason. They have inspired, motivated and empowered millions of people around the world to chase their dreams, believe in themselves and never give up. 

Without further ado…

10 famous quotes on taking action and not giving up

1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

2. Anybody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death. ~Jen Sincero

3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

4. The woman I am today would like to thank the woman I was 5 years ago for not giving up. You’re awesome. ~Iva Ursano

5. I’ll try is the battle cry of wimps. ~Tony Robbins

6. You must be the change you wish to see in the world ~Ghandi

7. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa

8. Those who dare to fail miserably, can achieve greatly. ~John Kennedy

9. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Dalai Lama

10. I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. ~Brené Brown

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11. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou

12. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

13. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu

14. The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha

15. Everything you do and every decision you make should be from a place of good. You should always be striving to make the world a better place. ~Les Brown

16. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West

17. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. ~Paulo Coelho

18. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Franklin D.Roosevelt

19. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ~Napoleon Hill

20. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw

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21. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain

22. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

23. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr

24. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ~Nelson Mandela

25. If you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky’s the limit. ~Joel Brown

26. Tough times never last but tough people do. ~Robert H. Schuller

27. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~Wayne Gretzky

28. If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

29. I have not failed. I just found 10,000 that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison

30. Often our most rewarding dreams are staring us right in the face but for some reason we focus on how hard things are, how we are scared of the unknown and what would happen if we failed. ~Joel Brown

Write them out!

I always tell people to write that out and stick it in a place you will see it and read it everyday. That’s how quotes work. 

My favourite famous quote of all time and one you should read over and over again, Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right. Read that when self doubt creeps in. 

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