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.
The universe is like a pension plan. It will match your investment.
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.
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.
I think the play actually became bigger than me. No pun intended.
Handsome, thin, sophisticated men often fall madly in love with larger women, we just never see it on TV.
I placed over a thousand deaf people in jobs throughout my career working for the deaf.
I have lived my life in a culture that hates fat people.
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.
Self-acceptance begets acceptance from others, which begets even deeper, more genuine self-acceptance. It can be done. But no one is going to bestow it on you. It is a gift only you can give yourself.
If I were thin, I'd never say 'I am powerless over fudge.' a) I can't believe I actually ever said that. b) Which, of course, isn't to say that I do have any power over fudge. Particularly if it has nuts.
One of the things I did when I was in New York, which has a wonderful deaf community, is I have worked on making Broadway more accessible to deaf people.
Acting forces you to ask yourself, 'Can my constitution take a decade of constant rejection?' And after ten years, you either make it or you don't. And the problem is they don't tell you in advance.
Street performers, homemade crafts, keep your wallet in your front pocket and don't buy any crap!
Waiting, waiting, waiting. All my life, I've been waiting for my life to begin, as if somehow my life was ahead of me, and that someday I would arrive at it.
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