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Born: 1930-09-25
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind, Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute, Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I'm perfect - But tell me the truth.

Tags: Perfect, Truth, Wise

I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.

Tags: Everyone, Rather, War

Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.

Tags: Explain, Speaks, Talking

If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain't enough!

Tags: Enough, Thinking, Tough

I believe that if you don't want to do anything, then sit there and don't do it, but don't expect people to hand you a corn beef sandwich and wash your socks for you and unzip your fly for you.

Tags: Expect, Hand, Sit

To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.

Tags: Freedom

I know a way to stay friends forever, There's really nothing to it, I tell you what to do, And you do it.

Tags: Friends, Stay, Tell

I myself do not believe in explaining anything.

Tags: Explaining

If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist really feels, look at his work. That's enough.

Tags: Enough, Work, Writer

You'd better get your laugh while you're making your point, or you won't be doing it very long.

Tags: Laugh, Making, While

If you're behind the times, they won't notice you. If you're right in tune with them, you're no better than they are, so they won't care much for you. Be just a little ahead of them.

Tags: Care, Times, Won

People are always giving you credit for really wanting to say more than you said.

Tags: Credit, Giving, Said

Stand-up comics reflect less of a visual humor and more of a commentary.

Tags: Humor, Less, Reflect

There's a great myth about cartoonists, writers and people that are on TV.

Tags: Great, Tv, Writers

What you've got to say, you say.

Tags: Else, Human, Society

Imagine - four years you could have spent travelling around Europe meeting people, or going to the Far East of Africa or India, meeting people, exchanging ideas, reading all you wanted to anyway, and instead I wasted it at Roosevelt.

Tags: Far, Reading, Wanted

It's always a nice feeling, having people think that you feel things much deeper than you're allowed to say, but this isn't true. If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist really feels, look at his work. That's enough.

Tags: Nice, True, Work

I'm very uncomfortable with my body, and I'm not interested in people seeing it on screen.

Tags: Body, Interested, Seeing

I've been wanting to have a baby since I was 2 years old - I'm destined to be a mother.

Tags: Mother, Old, Since

I've had so many crushes on gay boys.

Tags: Crushes, Gay

My attention since 'Clueless' has been on family, relationships, activism, the planet, and my career.

Tags: Attention, Career, Family

My favorite thing in the world is a box of fine European chocolates which is, for sure, better than sex.

Tags: Fine, Sex, Sure

People think, 'Wow, you're an actress, so people must be really nice to you and kiss your ass.' NOBODY kisses my ass.

Tags: Kiss, Nice, Nobody

When you're offered things, it makes it so much easier to be indecisive. And it's silly because you can pass on some really amazing things.

Tags: Amazing, Makes, Silly

Yoga makes me feel really sexy.

Tags: Makes, Sexy, Yoga

From 19 to 28 there was a lot of turmoil in my life, but in a stuck way. Then, around 28, my life started to get shaken up. I realized I wanted to grow more and that anything that wasn't working in my life, I could fix it. I feel like I came into my womanhood. And that was when I got married.

Tags: Life, Wanted, Working

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I don't feel like a dream girl, but I think it's really nice. I guess a part of me wishes I got that sort of attention in my real life. Because in my real life, I'm this weird, dorky girl who just hangs out with her dog.

Tags: Girl, Life, Nice

I'd die if I was Madonna. I'd die. God, what a horrible way to live. And Michael Jackson! To be so famous and to feel so isolated. I feel so bad for them. I don't know how it feels, and I hope it never happens to me.

Tags: Famous, God, Hope

One of the things that often frustrates me with cookbooks is that there are one or two recipes that are really good and the rest of them are not so great.

Tags: Good, Great, Often

There was a point when I was so sick of this physical perfection thing that I thought it would be good for all young girls to eat burgers and sweets as a rebellion but I don't think that anymore because it's not healthy.

Tags: Good, Thought, Young

What I learned from doing 'The Graduate' was it doesn't matter what the medium is... as long as the material is inspiring and the characters are well written.

Tags: Learned, Matter, Written

When I was 18 years old I went to Shakespeare Company, the school, and I wrote a poem about my leaves - I felt like a tree that had no leaves. That is the life at 18.

Tags: Life, Old, School

When I was 8 years old, my brother was making the noises of the animals I was eating, so I decided to go vegetarian. Then I would give up because I was 8.

Tags: Brother, Give, Old

My boyfriend calls me 'princess', but I think of myself more along the lines of 'monkey' and 'retard'.

Tags: Along, Boyfriend, Dating

I think I can deceive people. I'm like, the nice, sweet girl when you meet me. And I don't have any bad intentions. But I'm a bad girl too.

Tags: Bad, Girl, Nice

I'm reachable for people, I'm not out of their league. I'm just a normal girl.

Tags: Girl, League, Normal

As human beings we're so cynical, so uncompassionate.

Tags: Beings, Cynical, Human

Being vegan just gives you such great karma.

Tags: Great, Karma, Vegan

Clothes make me dizzy.

Tags: Clothes, Dizzy

Creative collaboration is awesome.

Tags: Awesome, Creative

I came from a generation of actors for whom TV was taboo.

Tags: Generation, Tv, Whom

I didn't want to get married - I thought it was like a cult! It seemed so conservative and unnatural.

Tags: Cult, Married, Thought

I don't have time for friends.

Tags: Friends, Time

I don't just want to be the girl boys get excited about, I have no desire for people to see me in a sexy way. I won't do nudity ever.

Tags: Desire, Girl, Sexy

I don't know what anxiety is like anymore.

Tags: Anxiety, Anymore

I don't take any of the medications I took when I was younger: antibiotics, antacids, aspirin, asthma inhalers, ulcer medication, allergy shots.

Tags: Shots, Took, Younger

I don't want to be known as the Aerosmith chick, but it's fun to put on the boots and makeup and act like a tough girl.

Tags: Fun, Girl, Tough

I hate to shop.

Tags: Hate, Shop

I knew that I wanted to be a film actress and I never watched TV. I was always too busy.

Tags: Busy, Film, Wanted

I love cooking and one of my favourite things to do with my husband is open up the refrigerator.

Tags: Cooking, Husband, Love

I never count calories, but I eat so well.

Tags: Calories, Count, Eat

I think any time anybody says something nasty about you, it's hard to deal with it.

Tags: Anybody, Hard, Time

I think people want love in their lives.

Tags: Lives, Love

I truly loved doing the videos, but it has been hard hearing all the time that you're just the Aerosmith chick.

Tags: Hard, Loved, Time

I was a foodie and I continue to be a foodie.

Tags: Continue

I'm always looking for inspiration.

Tags: Looking

I'm so comfortable and happy with the woman that I am.

Tags: Happy, Woman

I'm surprised by the fact that I like the word 'husband.' I thought I would hate it.

Tags: Hate, Husband, Thought