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  • Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
  • There are some days when even I think I'm overrated, but not today. (When accepting Emmy for _"Angels in America" (2003) (mini)_).
  • Part of Emmy acceptance speech for _"Angels in America" (2003) (mini)_: "Glenn (Close) is my friend so I know she'll forgive me, Helen Mirren is an acting god, and no one has put a better performance on film than Judy Davis in "The Judy Garland Story". The only one in the group is Emma Thompson, who will hold a grudge for the rest of her life. But who cares?"
  • I loved being someone so certain. Because certainty is just so attractive in people. To me, it's a completely bogus position - for me. Because, you know, I'm listening to every side. But it's so nice not to have to listen to all the different sides. To be so clear and on your track and sure. It's a fabulous thing. Unfortunately, it leads to fanaticism. (on her role in The Manchurian Candidate (2004))
  • I mean, come on; when you have people writing these things, that you're the greatest thing that ever ate scenery, you're dead. You're fucking dead. How can you even presume to begin a new character? It's a killer.
  • I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.
  • I really, really depend on the other actors for the confirmation of who I think I am," she says. "And so it's important to me to work with good people that are not worried about how they look. You know. Real actors. They're your blood.
  • It's a lesson I learned in drama school: the teacher asks, how do you be the queen? And everybody says, 'Oh it's about posture and authority.' And they said, no, it's about how the air in the room shifts when you walk in. And that's everyone else's work.
  • I try to lead as ordinary a life as I can. You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.
  • (accepting the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical 2007) "I think I've worked with everyone in the room! I have!"
  • I don't want to spit in the eye of good fortune, but it was weird. I felt like I'd butted in line in front of Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn. Hello? How did this happen? I was only the sixth woman to receive it, but they found 26 men to give it to. I thought that was embarrassing. (on her Lifetime Achievement Award from the AFI)
  • (On life as a young actress) When I was 20 I busked to afford accommodation. One night I hadn't earned enough, I actually slept in the open in Green Park (in London). The view was of the Ritz Hotel and I vowed I'd stay there one day. And I have.
  • There's no road map on how to raise a family: it's always an enormous negotiation. But I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can't imagine eschewing one for the other. - on her marriage
  • I don't know what I'd do without my husband. I'd be dead, emotionally at least, if I hadn't met him. He's the greatest. - On her husband
  • (on Dustin Hoffman) He's energized and the greatest combination of the generous and the selfish that ever lived. He wants to be the greatest actor who ever was.
  • It would be nice to have a woman President. I think half the Senate should be women, half of Parliament, half the ruling mullahs. But that will never happen, darling!
  • My God, I was settling in for a long winter's nap. I've been nominated, like 789 times, but it hasn't been since the Mesozoic Era that I've actually won. (on winning a Golden Globe for _Adaptation._ (2002))
  • It's hard to negotiate the present landscape with a brain and a female body. (On her struggles as an actress earlier in her career)
  • Sometimes under-preparation is very good, because it instills fear and fear is galvanizing. It makes you break out of yourself. If you're prepared, then you think you're ready, and if you think you're ready, then you're not ready.
  • But ... in my own experience of male and female directors, people have a much, much harder time taking a direct command from a woman. It's somehow very difficult for people.
  • "Oh boy, no matter how much you try to imagine what this is like, it's just so incredibly thrilling right down your toes." (On winning the 1983 Best Actress Oscar for Sophie's Choice (1982)).
  • I get nervous calling myself an artist. I feel I'm more like an interpreter or a violinist, you know.
  • I think I was wired for family. You know how they say people are wired for religion, or wired for this or that? I always knew I would like to, if I could find the right person, have a family. I can't imagine living single.
  • Someone once said that sometimes studio heads don't want to cast films with the image of their first wife in the role. It's just rather unpleasant for them. So they like the idea of the new one.
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