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Carrie Fisher

  • Actors may know how to act ... but a lot of them don't know how to behave.

  • I feel so agitated all the time, like a hamster in search of a wheel.

  • You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood because everybody does the fake closeness so well.

  • She had plenty of evidence that she had a good life. She just couldn't feel the life she saw she had. It was as though she had cancer of the perspective.

  • Suzanne only liked clothes she was about to buy. She knew someday she would find the exact right outfit that would make her life work. Maybe not her whole life, she thought, as she got back in bed, but at least the parts she had to dress for.

  • She found undesirables desirable. She sought out unpleasant boyfriends, then complained about them as though the government had allocated them to her.

  • Revenge may not be a particularly higher consciousness-oriented activity.

  • Describing herself was Suzanne's way of being herself.

  • Instant gratification takes too long.

  • I shot through my twenties like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination: Nowhere.

  • I was into pain reduction and mind expansion, but what I've ended up with is pain expansion and mind reduction.

  • 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 eventually becomes known to the other person.

  • I think that's what maturity is: a stoic response to endless reality.

  • The only thing worse than being hurt is everyone knowing that you're hurt.

  • I was born imagining myself with an apron on, with pies cooling on the window sill and babies crying upstairs. I thought that all that stuff would somehow anchor me to the planet, that it was the weight I needed to keep from just flying off into space.

  • My extroversion is a way of managing my introversion.

  • ... the message about sex and relationships that she had gotten as a child ... was confused, contradictory. Sex was for men, and marriage, like lifeboats, was for women and children.

  • ... his eyes ... not only undressed you unblinkingly, but shaved your head, called your parents, and refused to refinance your house.

  • ... the dark-haired man stood observing her steadily, with his arms crossed protectively in front of him, wearing an expression only a cello could play.

  • When she reached the bar, she ordered the equivalent of a small safe to be dropped on her head.

  • I'm nervous — the extroverted version of not relaxed. You're tense — the introverted version.

  • My mom had the breakdown for the family, and I went into therapy for all of us.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Carl Wayne Arrington, "Carrie Fisher: A Spy In Her Own House," Time ()
  • The trouble with getting introspective when you're pregnant is that you never know who you might run into.

  • Waiting, done at really high speeds, will frequently look like something else.

  • She felt ill-suited to the mystery of being in a relationship. Relationship — that silk purse turned sow's ear, a corridor you wandered too far down and discovered a door had silently closed somewhere far behind you. If the suspense didn't kill you, something else surely would. Ensnared in a relentless beam of scrutiny, the only motion you could achieve was coming up short ...

  • Running for office is the least aerobic of the socially interactive sports ...

  • I rarely think about my childhood. It's a slippery thing I can't keep hold of for long — it slithers out of my grasp. And a lot of the time I remember what was missing instead of what was there. I am a chronicler of absence.

  • A comfortable quiet had settled between them. A silence that was like newly fallen snow.

  • As the day grew brighter, he grew dimmer, and more of his friends gathered around his bed. They took up their oars and rowed with him as far as they could.

  • ... Cora felt ambivalence rise in her like a genie without wishes to bestow.

  • Sometimes Lily sobbed inconsolably, leaving Cora to kiss her and rock her and ask her in frustration, 'What's the matter? What can I get you?' like a waiter with a background in psychology and an over-developed instinct for consolation.

  • 'You've totally taken all the charm and romance out of self-pity for me, I'll tell you that for nothing,' Suzanne's best friend Lucy told her one day.

  • She finally found grudges to be unwieldy things — hold those, and pretty soon you have to drop amusements to maintain your grudge grip, blow your energy on that and you may have none left for mischief.

  • You're only as sick as your secrets. Either it comes out their way or my way. I talk about myself behind my back. And I'm funny about it.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Mimi Avins, "Carrie Fisher Takes Reality for a Spin," Los Angeles Times ()
  • If my life weren't funny, it would just be true, and that would be unacceptable.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Los Angeles Times ()
  • I still give my friends relationship advice, of course, and I'm not bad at it. 'Anyone's crisis but mine' is my motto.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Mimi Avins, "Carrie Fisher Takes Reality for a Spin," Los Angeles Times ()
  • A lot of the time, I'm just smart enough to be unhappy.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Los Angeles Times ()
  • Eventually, life of the party is just like any other job. I've thought of myself that way at times, but it's sort of like holding everybody hostage. It diminishes everyone else. And ultimately, your friends don't require it of you.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Los Angeles Times ()
  • I get lots of awards for being mentally ill. Apparently, I am better at being mentally ill than almost anything else I've ever done. Seriously — I have a shelf of awards for being bipolar.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Creative Screenwriting ()
  • Resentment is like drinking a poison and waiting for the other person to die.

  • Saying you're an alcoholic and an addict is like saying you're from Los Angeles and from California.

  • Part of my gestalt is that I still feel a little bit like a wallflower. Even in my own life. I talk about myself behind my back.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in The New Yorker ()
  • Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Leslie Bennetts, "Carrie on Baggage," Vanity Fair ()
  • There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'

    • Carrie Fisher
  • I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

    • Carrie Fisher
  • [Birth announcement for daughter Billie Lourd:] Someone’s summered in my stomach. / Someone’s fallen through my legs. / To make an infant omelette, / simply scramble sperm and eggs.

  • Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they're the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in The Guardian ()
  • Ambition is exhausting. It makes you friends with people for the wrong reasons, just like drugs.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Esquire ()
  • I heard someone say once that many of us only seem able to find heaven by backing away from hell.

  • As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people sure don't.

Carrie Fisher, U.S. actor, writer, screenwriter, performance artist

(1956)

Full name: Carrie Frances Fisher.