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43 Meryl Streep Quotes About Life (ACTING)

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“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature.”

Meryl Streep
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
True freedom is understanding that we have a choice in who and what we allow to have power over us.
True freedom is understanding that we have a choice in who and what we allow to have power over us.
Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
I let the actions of my life stand for what I am as a human being. Contend with that, not the words.
I let the actions of my life stand for what I am as a human being. Contend with that, not the words.

“I think that you find your own way… In the end, it’s what feels right to you. Not what your mother told you. Not what some actress told you. Not what anybody else told you but the still, small voice.”

Meryl Streep
The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself.
The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself.
Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
The formula of happiness and success is just being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.
The formula of happiness and success is just being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can.
I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you.
I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you.

11 Inspirational Meryl Streep Quotes About Life

“Power, influence, strength — all those things can overpower what’s important in life. But as long as you have food and shelter over your head, if the necessities are taken care of, what makes us happy on top of that is very simple.”

Meryl Streep
It’s good to push yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try it. Trying is so important.
It’s good to push yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try it. Trying is so important.
You have to embrace getting older. Life is precious, and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize each day is a gift.
You have to embrace getting older. Life is precious, and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize each day is a gift.
Having been let out of the barn once, I know I wouldn't be happy if I were home all the time.
Having been let out of the barn once, I know I wouldn’t be happy if I were home all the time.
What does it take to be the first female anything It takes grit, and it takes grace.
What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace.
As there begins to be less time ahead of you, you want to be exactly who you are, without making it easier for everyone else.
As there begins to be less time ahead of you, you want to be exactly who you are, without making it easier for everyone else.
You can't suppress the things that make us human. It's pointless to try.
You can’t suppress the things that make us human. It’s pointless to try.
Don't give up or give in in the face of patronising ridicule, amused disdain, or being ignored.
Don’t give up or give in in the face of patronising ridicule, amused disdain, or being ignored.
Put blinders onto those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.
Put blinders onto those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.
I think you have to listen to the people who are deeply unhappy. You have to find the source of it and not overreact to the craziness in it.
I think you have to listen to the people who are deeply unhappy. You have to find the source of it and not overreact to the craziness in it.
I want to feel my life while I'm in it.
I want to feel my life while I’m in it.

8 Meryl Streep Quotes on Acting

“Women are better at acting than men. Why? Because we have to be. If successfully convincing someone bigger than you are of something he doesn’t want to know is a survival skill, this is how women have survived through the millennia.”

Meryl Streep
Pretending is not just play. Pretending is imagined possibility. Pretending, or acting, is a very valuable life skill and we do it all the time.
Pretending is not just play. Pretending is imagined possibility. Pretending, or acting, is a very valuable life skill and we do it all the time.
Everyone is interesting. Everyone has something unexpected to offer and the job of acting is to pull it out of each other.
Everyone is interesting. Everyone has something unexpected to offer and the job of acting is to pull it out of each other.

“Acting is being susceptible to what is around you, and it’s letting it all come in. Acting is a clearing away of everything except what you want and need – and it’s wonderful in that way. And when it’s right, you’re lost in the moment.”

Meryl Streep
Singing and acting are very similar. Singing makes you reach into your deepest feelings. Singing is an extension of everything that you do when you're acting.
Singing and acting are very similar. Singing makes you reach into your deepest feelings. Singing is an extension of everything that you do when you’re acting.
Acting is my way of investigating human nature and having fun at the same time.
Acting is my way of investigating human nature and having fun at the same time.
Empathy is at the heart of the actor's art.
Empathy is at the heart of the actor’s art.

“The best thing about acting is when you’re playing a scene and you actually become your character and lose yourself in that moment. That’s when you know you’ve been succeeded at what you’ve worked very hard to accomplish in your profession. Those are the truly thrilling moments.”

Meryl Streep

8 Meryl Streep Quotes on Motherhood and Having a Family

Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children. How does she do it? That’s what I want to know. Where does she get her grit and her grace? Where do any of our female firsts, our pathbreakers, where do they find that strength?”

Meryl Streep
My family really does come first. It always did and always will.
My family really does come first. It always did and always will.
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.
I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.
I love acting, of course, but being with my husband and my children always brought me the greatest joy and happiness in life.
I love acting, of course, but being with my husband and my children always brought me the greatest joy and happiness in life.
You just have to keep on doing what you do. It's the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.
You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.
The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.
The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.
There's no road map on how to raise a family - it's always an enormous negotiation.
There’s no road map on how to raise a family – it’s always an enormous negotiation.

6 Meryl Streep Quotes on Fashion and Self-confidence

Don't waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living.
Don’t waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living.
I couldn't care less about fashion. If I had taken any clothes home, they would have remained in my closet for the rest of their existence.
I couldn’t care less about fashion. If I had taken any clothes home, they would have remained in my closet for the rest of their existence.
I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.
I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.
How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you. You can't argue with them. That's their perception.
How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you. You can’t argue with them. That’s their perception.
Expensive clothes are a waste of money.
Expensive clothes are a waste of money.
I didn't have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do.
I didn’t have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do.

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