We Miss Mary Tyler Moore So Much We Reread Her Quotes Everyday

Mary Tyler Moore smiling in a blue sweater on the Mary Tyler Moore Show
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These Inspiring Mary Tyler Moore Quotes Will Have You Chasing Your Dreams

Mary Tyler Moore was a force to be reckoned with. She represented an independent, hardworking, goal-centered, career woman when most television shows had housewives in aprons.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a huge hit that launched three spinoffs! But beyond her success on screen, Mary Tyler Moore served as an inspiration to women (and men!) everywhere. So, it's important to revisit some of Mary Tyler Moore's most inspiring quotes! She was a wise woman who knew what she was talking about. So when you need a boost, turn to these Mary Tyler Moore quotes!

Inspiring Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

  • "Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges makes life worth living."

  • "Whatever it is, it's OK because it's what it is. Don't be looking for perfection. Don't be short-tempered with yourself. And you'll be a whole lot nicer to be around with everyone else."

  • "My grandfather once said, having watched me one entire afternoon, prancing and leaping and cavorting, ‘This child will either end up on stage or in jail.' Fortunately, I took the easy route."

  • "I'm an experienced woman; I've been around ... Well, all right, I might not have been around, but I've been ... nearby."

  • "Three things have helped me successfully go through the ordeals of life: an understanding husband, a good analyst, and millions of dollars."

  • "You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."

  • "I knew at a very early age what I wanted to do. Some people refer to it as indulging in my instincts and artistic bent. I call it just showing off, which was what I did from about three years of age on."

  • "Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave."

  • "Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers."

Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

  • "It was a hat that my aunt had given me for Christmas, and I brought it with me because they said: 'Be sure and dress warm. It's going to be freezing in Minneapolis.' So - I forget which writer it was - but we were all outside, and he said: 'You know what would be good? If you take that hat, the beret, and throw it in the air."

  • "I've had the fame and the joy of getting laughter — those are gifts."

  • "You truly have to make the very best of what you've got. We all do."

  • "I'm not an actress who can create a character. I play me."

  • "It may take a while, but there will probably come a time when we look back and say, "Good Lord, do you believe that in the twentieth century and early part of the twenty-first, people were still eating animals?"

  • "When the doctor said I had diabetes, I conjured images of languishing on a chaise lounge nibbling chocolates. I have no idea why I thought this."

  • "There is a dark side. I tend not to be as optimistic as Mary Richards. I have an anger in me that I carry from my childhood experiences -- I expect a lot of myself and I'm not too kind to myself."

More Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

  • "Worrying is a necessary part of life."

  • "It's none of my business what other people think of me."

  • "And then Dick called and said, 'I'm going to do a special called Dick Van Dyke and the other woman, that would be you, because every time I try to check into a hotel with my wife, they look at me as though I'm cheating on Laura".

  • "There are certain things about me that I will never tell anyone because I am a very private person. But basically, what you see is who I am. I'm independent, I like to be liked, I do look for the good side of life and people. I'm positive, I'm disciplined, I like my life in order, and I'm neat as a pin."

  • "Diabetes is an all-too-personal time bomb which can go off today, tomorrow, or next year, or 10 years from now - a time bomb affecting millions like me."

  • "I'd just like the continue doing what I've been doing. A melange of funny, straight drama, television, movies, a little theater here and there wouldn't hurt. So if I can keep doing that, I'll be a very happy person."

  • "I live in a kind of controlled awareness. I wouldn't call it fear, but it's an awareness. I know I have a responsibility to behave in a certain way. I'm able to do that."

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