My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.
I've come to believe that whoever I am didn't start on December 14, 1946, and isn't going to end on whatever that mysterious date is in the future
Reality is hard. It is no walk in the park, this thing called life.
It's toughest to forgive ourselves. So it's probably best to start with other people. It's almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.
I can't tell you what I had for breakfast, but I can sing every single word of rock and roll
From the moment we walk out the door until we come back home our sensibilities are so assaulted by the world that we have to soak up as much love as we can get, simply to arm ourselves.
Sometimes it is the simplest, seemingly most inane, most practical stuff that matters the most to someone.
When I'm 80 and sitting in a rocking chair listening to the Rolling Stones, there is absolutely no way I'm going to feel old or forget my younger days.
If I have any message for others, it is to go for help early and not to be a resistant patient
Actors take risks all the time. We put ourselves on the line. It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words and breathe life into them
All I will tell you is that I play a small role in someone's happily ever after.
I still have highs and lows, just like any other person. What's missing is the lack of control over the super highs, which became destructive, and the super lows, which are immediately destructive.
I tell people to monitor their self-pity. Self-pity is very unattractive.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Award that I received for women's rights activities is one I treasure
I'm going to be 58, and I'm a woman. In this business, that seems to be a bigger crime than being mentally ill
I know that without treatment I would not have never been able to harness my creativity in such a successful way.
I never did quite fit the glamour mode. It is life with my husband and family that is my high now.
I'm not sure I want all my neuroses cleared up
I knew from a very young age that there was something very wrong with me
Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
You can have manic depression without having an ounce of creativity
The panic attacks - I still have them. They started when I was around 8. They always have to do with my death
I believe that all the important people in my life prior to 1982 were victimized by my illness
The mania started with insomnia and not eating and being driven, driven to find an apartment, driven to see everybody, driven to do New York, driven to never shut up.
I can't even remember how many times I tried to kill myself
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