19 Quotes On The Magic Of Imperfection, From The Queen of Quirky Drew Barrymore

50 First Dates
50 First Dates

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”



“You can’t live your life blaming your failures on your parents and what they did or didn’t do for you. You’re dealt the cards that you’re dealt. I realised it was a waste of time to be angry at my parents and feel sorry for myself.”


“A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?”


“The low points I had all helped make up my character, so I probably wouldn’t want to do away with them because I like being flawed and I like having them help me grow and change and become better and stronger.”


“If you’re going to go through hell… I suggest you come back learning something.”


“I decided very early on that it took too much of my energy to pretend to be someone else. People will make up their minds about me whatever I do or say, but at least I know I am being true to myself.”



“I love the very exposed, humorous, imperfect, never-trying to-pretend-to-be-perfect journey that I have been on in my life.”



“When things are perfect, that’s when you need to worry most.”


“A thank-you can be just as meaningful as a soulful ten-page message.”



“There’s a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends ’cause I’m too content being by myself.”


“It’s never too late. Don’t focus on what was taken away. Find something to replace it, and acknowledge the blessing you have.”


“I think happiness is a choice. If you feel yourself being happy and can settle in to the life choices you make, then it’s great. It’s really, really great. I swear to God, happiness is the best makeup.”



“My therapist says I still haven’t got in touch with my anger. Maybe one day I’m going to explode. But I’m still really happy. I know it looks like a strange and painful upbringing – all those experiences led me to the paths that I’m on now.”


“Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy.”



“I’m such a profound believer that timing is everything; I would tattoo that on my arm.”



“I was raised in that generation where it was all ‘Women can have it all!’ and I don’t think you can. I think something falls off the table. The good thing is that the things that stay on the table become so much more important.”


“I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.”



“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.”



“When I lay my head on the pillow at night I can say I was a decent person today. That’s when I feel beautiful.” Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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