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14 wise and witty quotes from the incomparable Carrie Fisher

While most people know Carrie Fisher as the iconic Princess Leia from Star Wars, she was also an avid mental health activist, a talented singer, and an accomplished writer. As a script-doctor, a screenwriter, and a best-selling memoirist, she certainly had a way with words. Whether it was in her books, her films, or in one of her interviews, Fisher was almost never without a witty remark or insightful commentary on the entertainment business, women’s issues, or the heavy hits life can send your way. Here are some memorable Carrie Fisher quotes to get you through those hard days.


On Success

“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’” – Wishful Drinking


On Princess Leia

“I like Princess Leia. I like how she handles things. I like how she treats people. She tells the truth. She, you know, gets what she wants done. I don’t have a real problem with Princess Leia. I’ve sort of melded with her over time.”  – Fresh Air Podcast


On Facing Your Fears

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” ― Sarasota Herald-Tribune


On Getting through the Hard Times

“If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That’s my word for it.” – The New York Times

“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Wishful Drinking

“No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.” – Wishful Drinking


On Love and Relationships

“I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.” – Shockaholic

“I envy people who have the capacity to sit with another human being and find them endlessly interesting, I would rather watch TV. Of course this becomes eventually known to the other person.” – Postcards from the Edge


On the Entertainment Business

“They always do [ask me to lose weight]. They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire about three-fourths, so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can’t be with me.” – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

“It’s a man’s world and show business is a man’s meal, with women generously sprinkled through it like overqualified spice.” – The Princess Diarist


On Beauty Standards and Ageism

“Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They’re the temporary happy byproducts of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.” – Carrie Fisher’s Twitter

“Please stop debating about whether OR not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.” – Carrie Fisher’s Twitter

On Being Yourself

”I finally quit apologizing for it… For being something different. For being strong. Strength is a style. But this happens in acting a lot. If you pretend something over and over, sometimes it comes true.” – Rolling Stone


On Direct Messaging People on Twitter

“See? I don’t know how to write someone privately…. Help me obi Juan whoever the f**k you are….  You’re my only ho.” – Carrie Fisher’s Twitter


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Tamar Altebarmakian

Writer, fangirl, and cat-enthusiast. My work has appeared on The Mary Sue, The Portland Review, Ranker, and other websites. My favorite show growing up was Xena – I've tried to emulate the Warrior Princess in every way (see current hairstyle).

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