30 Lily Tomlin Quotes We Can't Get Enough Of

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"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."

Some of the Best Encouragement You'll Receive Is in 30 Lily Tomlin Quotes

Lily Tomlin can make anyone laugh.

There's not a single soul who won't have a smile on their face after watching Lily in a movie or TV show. She's just that charming.

But along with her hilarity comes great wisdom. She's one of the mot knowledgeable people we know. To prove our point, we rounded up some of our favorite Lily Tomlin quotes that show she knows what she's talking about.

Read them all here and now!

Best Lily Tomlin Quotes

  • "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."

  • "I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific."

  • "I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."

  • "Wouldn't it be great if we all grew up to be what we wanted to be? The world would be full of nurses, firemen, and ballerinas."

  • "I can handle reality in small doses, but as a lifestyle, it's much too confining."

  • "The road to success is always under construction."

  • "The best mind-altering drug is the truth."

  • "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

  • "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."

  • "Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it."

Inspiring Lily Tomlin Quotes

  • "For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."

  • "Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination."

  • "If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?"

  • "Reality is nothing but a collective hunch."

  • "Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed."

  • "Fate is fickle: bad days are followed by very bad days."

  • "If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?"

  • "Remember, we're all in this alone."

  • "Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pocket."

  • "I guess if people couldn't profit from war, I don't think there would be war."

Empowering Lily Tomlin Quotes

  • "Acting childish seems to come naturally, but acting like an adult, no matter how old we are, just doesn't come easy to us."

  • "I guess that's one of the reasons that you do it—work all the time—because it's sort of a high to find something that really works."

  • "There will be sex after death, we just will not be able to feel it."

  • "Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past."

  • "If you can't be direct, why be?"

  • "Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them."

  • "Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest - then we can all die laughing."

  • "If I had known what it would be like to have it all—I might have been willing to settle for less."

  • "I never officially came out in any kind of really public way. I just always lived very simply and openly, but the press has never made a big fuss about me or said anything to me."

  • "You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very, very happy about it."

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