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Ellen Burstyn Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Ellen Burstyn

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I've lived most of my life in Manhattan,
but as close as Brooklyn is to Manhattan,
there are people who live there who have been to Manhattan maybe once or twice.
- Ellen Burstyn

It's a sin to have your films not to make money.
- Ellen Burstyn

She loses 50 pounds in the film, and goes from fairly
sane to totally out of her mind.
So for the first part of the film I was wearing a 40 pound fat suit,
which is very, very uncomfortable.
But the worst part was the neck.
- Ellen Burstyn

I do like to work with young directors because it's
such a difficult business that I think after directors
have been around a while sometimes,
not always, but sometimes their passion gets siphoned
off because they get hurt.
- Ellen Burstyn

 

I did my famous cabbage soup diet, so I was able to do it.
- Ellen Burstyn

I couldn't kill a chicken, I couldn't kill a cow -
I was a vegetarian too at that time -
so I thought,
well what is there that I could kill? I couldn't kill
this and I couldn't kill that.
- Ellen Burstyn

Nobody would want to leave that film to go get high.
- Ellen Burstyn

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She goes from one addiction to another.
All are ways for her to not feel her feelings.
- Ellen Burstyn

I think that the change began...
I made a film a few years ago called The Spitfire Grill,
and that didn't make much money either,
but it was a good film and an independent film.
- Ellen Burstyn

I wanted to work on this central problem of killing.
How you go about killing.
Now, in the film I had to kill my children -
well,
I didn't want to get that far.
- Ellen Burstyn

To me, it's a very moral film.
If my son were a teenager now, I would drag him to see it.
- Ellen Burstyn

So I was at the Actor's Studio, thinking about this,
and I happened to glance over to the other side of
the stage and I saw the ugliest chair I have ever seen.
And I thought, 'Well, I could kill that chair!'
- Ellen Burstyn

It's been awhile.
My Oscar is getting kind of tarnished.
I looked at it a couple of years ago and thought I really needed a new one.
- Ellen Burstyn

They pulled Resurrection out of the theatres,
so it was running in New York and I was nominated for
the Oscar and there was no ad in the newspapers to say it was running.
So it was literally killed.
- Ellen Burstyn

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
- Ellen Burstyn

Well my taste wasn't very good when I first started out.
But later, when I began to appreciate the art of acting,
I would say the actress I most admire is Vanessa Redgrave.
- Ellen Burstyn

The interesting thing about doing a play is to find
a way to make it fresh and do it as though you were
doing it for the first time.
- Ellen Burstyn

I talked to women who lived there, to get their speech
patterns and outlook on life -
and how narrow that is.
- Ellen Burstyn

I sketched out a rough story for them and the director said,
well it's a good story but we have the go-ahead from
Universal to make this script and did I want to do it.
I said no, and they left.
- Ellen Burstyn

It's about avoiding reality through various escape
routes that become addictions and lead to Hell.
My character is addicted to television,
chocolate, coffee, to her dream of her son,
which has no basis in reality.
- Ellen Burstyn

I always wanted to play Joan of Arc.
I've always wanted to do that.
Now I'm thinking, 'Maybe there's a story in Joan of
Arc's mother!' If I don't hurry up,
her grandmother!
- Ellen Burstyn

Then in came this script with another very low offer,
and another drug addict and a depressing and difficult part to play.
I thought, 'Why should I put myself through that for hardly any money?'
- Ellen Burstyn

Their life is about getting enough money to put food
on the table to feed their children,
and that's it.
- Ellen Burstyn

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is lived in the waiting.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is soft and smooth when lived gently.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life was meant to be lived,
and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is lived in the living.
Set aside convention, caution,
and arbitrary "rules" about how
life is supposed to be lived.
Choose! Explore! Adventure!
Live life to the fullest.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

A life lived Boldly and Joyfully is a Heroic Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl PHOTO

Life must be lived as play.
- Plato

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
- Anonymous

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is lived between the lines.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

True wisdom cannot be learned in a lifetime,
but can be revealed in a moment,
for it has always lived within each and every one of us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The highest and most beautiful things in life
are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but,
if one will, are to be lived.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Life cannot be lived fully or joyfully if
our thoughts are focused on regretting the past,
preoccupied with anticipating the future,
or lost in the mind-fog of unconscious habitual behavior.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is lived in the mists -
little is fully visible, less is certain.
Yet rejoice in the unknowing,
and let all of life be a wonderful adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
- Albert Einstein

Know that life is most joyfully lived boldly -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which I must stop and look fear in the face.
I say to myself, I've lived through this
and can take the next thing that comes along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action.
A life lived of chance is a life of unconscious creation.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
- The Buddha

To know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I grew up in a household where everybody lived at the top of his lungs.
- Frank Langella

You will find as you look back upon your life that
the moments when you have truly lived are the moments
when you have done things in the spirit of love.
- Henry Drummond

Who made the rule that life has to be so serious?
One would think that "life is serious" had been engraved
upon stone tablets to judge from how most lives are lived.
Get a life, smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat - dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

These are not dark days: these are great days -
the greatest days our country has ever lived.
- Winston Churchill

For every person who has ever lived there has come,
at last, a spring he will never see.
Glory then in the springs that are yours.
- Pam Brown

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can,
only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The personal life deeply lived
always expands into truths beyond itself.
- Anais Nin

We would like to live as we once lived,
but history will not permit it.
- John F. Kennedy

There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked.
It's impossible to be mature without having lived.
- Amy Grant

The secret of merging with Spirit
and recognizing the oneness of the whole Universe
cannot be learned in a lifetime, but can be revealed in a moment,
for it has always lived within each and every one of us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
- George S. Patton

I shall not die of a cold.
I shall die of having lived.
- Willa Cather

I could never live a nonproductive life and I feel
that I have lived a productive life as far as I want
to in terms of this company that I have for so many years.
- Katherine Dunham

What's important is promising something to the people,
not actually keeping those promises.
The people have always lived on hope alone.
- Hermann Broch

I was born in Texas and I lived there 'till I was 8.
Then I moved to the Dominican Republic with my mom,
lived there for two years and forgot every word of English I knew.
- Michelle Rodriguez

The person who has lived the most is not the one with
the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau


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