Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world.
The universe is like a pension plan. It will match your investment.
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.
You can either destroy your spirit or you can accept and love yourself just the way you are.
I can either cross the street, or I can keep waiting for another few years of green lights to go by.
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.
Parents know how to push your buttons because, hey, they sewed them on
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.
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.
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.
Nobody else knew what to do with me because big women are old
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.
I have lived my life in a culture that hates fat people.
Both of my parents are professors and everyone in my family has some fabulous degree of something or another and I couldn't get into college because I didn't know a language.
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.
I don't even like to be naked in front of myself!
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.
Street performers, homemade crafts, keep your wallet in your front pocket and don't buy any crap!
Years ago women of my size were considered royalty.
On The Practice, I get to do what I love to do, and I am making a contribution that will, in the end, help raise social consciousness, dispel some of the myths about being large, and change the way that people view and interact with large people
So to me, fat just seems to be right to the point and the most descriptive way to say it.
My parents have always been offended by my weight, embarrassed maybe. It didn't fit with their sensibilities
fashion has always been a little slow in accommodating large women. ... We're not asking for philanthropy here. Wake up, we're fat, we like nice clothes, and we've got cash.
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