Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world.
So instead of beating myself up for being fat, I think it's a miracle that I laugh every day and walk through my life with pride, because our culture is unrelenting when it comes to large people.
People in this country haven't stopped hating fat people, but they've become more kind to me, since in our culture, even though we hate our fat people, we love our celebrities even more.
The universe is like a pension plan. It will match your investment.
I can either cross the street, or I can keep waiting for another few years of green lights to go by.
You can either destroy your spirit or you can accept and love yourself just the way you are.
One of my earliest memories is of my father carrying me in one arm with a picket sign in the other.
It's okay to be a fat man. It's prestige and power and all of that. But fat women are seen as just lazy and stupid and having no self-control.
Nobody else knew what to do with me because big women are old
I've always thought of fat as just a descriptive word
It's important to me that I look good on television because, let's face it, I'm single, and you want somebody to watch the show and fall in love with you
In my fantasies, I always wanted to play the ingenue, but in reality, in my bones, I am so used to playing the grandmother that I don't feel safe or even sure that I can do it
The character I play is a wonderful compilation of things I hate about myself and things I love about myself and things that I've invented to make her even more interesting than me.
Almost everything I do is related to being fat.
For a long time, I really struggled with the idea of being an actor because I really felt that I should be in the Peace Corps.
I have lived my life in a culture that hates fat people.
I think the play actually became bigger than me. No pun intended.
I placed over a thousand deaf people in jobs throughout my career working for the deaf.
Handsome, thin, sophisticated men often fall madly in love with larger women, we just never see it on TV.
I learned how to sign because when I was growing up in California in order to get into college you needed two semesters of language to get into a University of California school.
Isn't it amazing how celebrity status preempts even the most ingrained hatreds?
My parents have always been offended by my weight, embarrassed maybe. It didn't fit with their sensibilities
I don't even like to be naked in front of myself!
So to me, fat just seems to be right to the point and the most descriptive way to say it.
When I meet large women who walk with confidence and are articulate and really have an understanding of how they walk in this world, I love them so deeply for being able to overcome such unbelievable odds.
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