It’s official, 2016 is the worst. Beloved Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original trilogy, died earlier today after she went into cardiac arrest onboard a flight on Dec 23.
The actress has always been very vocal and candid, even opening up about her bipolar disorder and personal life in interviews. So to remember this icon, here are some quotes from Carrie Fisher that we could all learn a thing or two from.
1. On body positivity:
“Screw beauty, it’s superficial anyway, and my other attributes matter way more than my appearance.”
2. On female objectification in Hollywood:
“You should fight for your outfit. Don’t be a slave like I was… You keep fighting against that slave outfit.” – Carrie Fisher’s advice to Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
3. On finding confidence:
“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.”
4. On advice for her younger self:
“If there’s a choice between companionship and anything else – especially career – choose companionship. It’s the only thing that has the potential to last. Choose career and you’ll spend unreasonable amounts of time attempting to look younger than you are and feeling you aren’t succeeding.”
5. On walking away from negativity:
“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”
6. On taking control of the conversation:
“Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life. And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I’ve experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me. It’s freeing to do it. Shame is not something I aspire to.”
7. On forgiveness:
“Resentment is like drinking a poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
8. On her obituary:
“I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
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