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Born: 1939-09-01
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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If I had known what it would be like to have it all - I might have been willing to settle for less.

Tags: Known, Less, Might

There's so much plastic in this culture that vinyl leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic.

Tags: Culture, Plastic, Skin

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.

Tags: Worse

But there are too many people that make so much money at the cost of lives of other humans and for no reason but to make the money.

Tags: Lives, Money, Reason

I guess if people couldn't profit from war I don't think there would be war.

Tags: Guess, Profit, War

We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company.

Tags: Care, Company, Phone

Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?

Tags: Name, Special, Why

Creating characters is just another way to express a type and put that type to use.

Tags: Another, Express, Put

I especially love 'Web Therapy' and I did 'Eastbound and Down' too. I had a lot of fun doing that.

Tags: Fun, Love, Therapy

I guess that's one of the reasons that you do it - work all the time - because it's sort of a high to find something that really works.

Tags: High, Time, Work

I was always drawn to more the social-expression-of-culture types.

Tags: Drawn, Types

If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.

Tags: Books, Read, Watch

It's my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.

Tags: Belief, Deep, Language

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

Tags: Sometimes, Success, Worry

We are all in this together, by ourselves.

Tags: Ourselves, Together

We're all in this alone.

Tags: Alone

What I appreciate is acknowledging to the audience that I think they have brains.

Tags: Appreciate, Audience, Brains

What if it's boring - or if it's not boring, it might be too revealing, or worse, it might be too revealing and still be boring.

Tags: Boring, Might, Worse

What is reality, anyway? Just a collective hunch.

Tags: Anyway, Collective, Reality

You know being relevant or coming up with something interesting, funny to say about what's current is just as hard as it might ever be depending on the serendipity of it all.

Tags: Funny, Hard, Might

I mean yes to act out something or take chances in the performance is one thing. But in terms of a camera, whatever's captured is captured so that's a little more daunting.

Tags: Act, Mean, Whatever

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.

Tags: Funny, Realize, Wanted

If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?

Tags: Funny, Love, Question

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

Tags: Society, Trouble, Win

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.

Tags: Realized, Somebody, Why

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

Tags: Home, Homework, Teacher

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Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.

Tags: Reality, Stress, Touch

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

Tags: Beauty, Funny, Truth

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.

Tags: Country, Government, Honest

Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.

Tags: Afraid, Failure, Somebody

Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?

Tags: God, Said, Why

Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest - then we can all die laughing.

Tags: Die, Survival, Working

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.

Tags: Complain, Deep, Language

No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.

Tags: Become, Enough, Keep

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.

Tags: Relief, Slowing, Try

I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.

Tags: Somebody, Specific, Wanted

I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.

Tags: May, Thinking, Thought

The best mind-altering drug is the truth.

Tags: Best, Truth

Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.

Tags: Crutch, Handle, Reality

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

Tags: Collective, Hunch, Reality

If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.

Tags: Books, Read, Watch

Remember we're all in this alone.

Tags: Alone, Remember

The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat.

Tags: Problem, Race, Winning

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.

Tags: Complain, Deep, Language

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.

Tags: Sometimes

If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it's moving you away from your goals.

Tags: Away, Goals, Moving

Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.

Tags: Confidence, Expect, Whatever

You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.

Tags: Achieve, Nobody, Put

You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.

Tags: Deal, Whatever, Within

No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.

Tags: Enough, Learn, Successful

Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future.

Tags: Future, Three, Yourself

Relationships are the hallmark of the mature person.

Tags: Hallmark, Mature

The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.

Tags: Business, Leader, True

If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.

Tags: Career, Life, Wish

Your company's most valuable asset is how it is known to its customers.

Tags: Company, Known, Valuable

Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.

Tags: Ability, Greatest, Time

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.

Tags: Good, Impossible, Money

If you like a person you say 'let's go into business together.' Man is a social animal after all, but such partnerships are fraught with danger.

Tags: After, Business, Together

Whatever you dwell on in the conscious grows in your experience.

Tags: Conscious, Experience, Whatever

Achieving the highest possible return on human capital must be every manager's goal.

Tags: Goal, Human, Possible

Managers today have to do more with less, and get better results from limited resources, more than ever before.

Tags: Less, Results, Today

We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.

Tags: Fulfill, Ourselves, Tend

The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.

Tags: Desire, Less, Security

You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards.

Tags: Become, Possible, Yourself

Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.

Tags: Decision, Greatest, Sometimes

There is no real limit to how much better a person who really commits to getting better can get. Every manager has the potential to become an excellent manager for the rest of his or her career.

Tags: Become, Career, Real

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Tags: Attitude, Forward, Gratitude

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.

Tags: Birthday, Greatest, Love

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.

Tags: Imagination, Women, Work

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

Tags: Attitude, Change, Control

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'

Tags: Help, Others, Successful

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

Tags: Grow, Move, Try

Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.

Tags: Event, Positive, Winners

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.

Tags: Blessings, Children, Greatest

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.

Tags: Fear, Mind, Success

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of evry part of your life.

Tags: Communication, Life, Work

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.

Tags: Car, Feelings, Thoughts

I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.

Tags: Motivational, Often, Show

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.

Tags: Far, Goals, Time

Practice Golden-Rule 1 of Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.

Tags: Management, Others, Practice

Successful people are simply those with successful habits.

Tags: Habits, Simply, Successful

The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.

Tags: Give, Help, Others

Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.

Tags: Decision, Men, Women

It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.

Tags: Coming, Matter, Matters

Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.

Tags: Moment, Stars, Strength

Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.

Tags: Feeling, Reality, Whatever

Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.

Tags: True, Yourself

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.

Tags: Change, Control, Direction

The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.

Tags: Life, Natural, Themselves

The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image.

Tags: Act, Manner, Ourselves

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.

Tags: Future, Knowledge, Work