11 Wise Celebrity Quotes to Learn From

Who said that all celebrities were good for were their awe-inspiring good looks, chiseled bodies and entertaining Twitter accounts? Discover the top celebrity quotes to learn from.

Celebrities. Love them or hate them, the reality is that we really can’t escape them. They’re everywhere! On TV, at the cinemas, in our magazines… but who knew that celebrities could actually be so, well, insightful? And wise?

Hmm. Don’t believe us? We understand! Which is why you should keep reading as we reveal 11 awesome celebrity quotes you can learn from.

#1: Oprah Winfrey

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

The spectacular Ms. Winfrey always has some insightful advice on hand to get your mind whirring, but this particular piece of wisdom is both universally relevant and fabulous.

How often do you think “Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow” or “It’s okay, I can slip a little on my diet/fitness regime/studying now and make up for it later”? If you’re anything like me, the answer is a lot.

Because it’s far easier to put something off until tomorrow, next week or a blue moon than to suck it up and get it done today. Doing something right now, in this very moment, isn’t always comfortable or fun. But what Oprah is saying is that if you simply do the very best you can, right now, then your future will be the very best it can be. What you do, how you behave and the effort you put in right now determines your future.

Inspiring, huh?

Fore more Oprah Winfrey celebrity quotes check out our article about her.

#2: Helen Mirren

“[The] first words I would have taught her (hypothetical daughter) would have been “f*** off” because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, “No, f*** off, leave me alone, thank you very much.”

I love this quote from Helen Mirren because it gives us a glimpse into exactly how strong, independent and straight shooting she really is. And why would she want anything less from her daughter?

This advice says to me that it’s okay not to please others. That it’s okay not to go with the flow if you’re not comfortable and it’s okay to pull people up on treating you badly.

Basically, it’s okay to tell people to eff off every now and then. And that’s liberating.

#3: Emma Stone


“You’re only human. You live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damned red velvet cupcake.”

Golly gosh, we can be hard on ourselves can’t we? Whether it’s the latest diet,  exercise regime or a low grade on a test, more often than not we beat ourselves up quite badly for our perceived failings.

But part of being human is yes, having flaws, and also enjoying ourselves. You’re not on this planet to have the hottest butt or their most ripped six-pack. You’re not here to ace every test and meet every expectation. Your life is your story; day-by-day, moment-by-moment you are creating your history. Your life.

And why shouldn’t that include some fun? Some decadence? Heck, some red velvet cupcakes even? Let loose, darling. You only live once.

#4: Iris Apfel

“If someone says, ‘Buy this, you’ll be stylish,’ you won’t be stylish because you won’t be you. You have to learn who you are first and that’s painful … I don’t try to intellectualize about it because it tightens you up. I think you have to be loose as a goose.”

If you’re not sure who Iris Apfel is, don’t worry you’re not alone. After a quick Google search (shame!), I discovered that Iris is an American businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon. She’s also New York’s latest fashion muse. Oh, and did I mention she’s 90 years old?

Yup. She’s one pretty cool dame. And I think her advice on developing your own sense of style to coincide with who you truly are is invaluable.

The media pushes ‘popular’ fashion on us each season, but it’s up to us to decide whether the new trends and fads are something that connect with us and allow our own style to glitter.

So in summary, avoid trends, don’t take advice from ‘experts’ and instead wear what feels right and what makes you feel good.

#5: Lady Gaga


“Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses, cuz we were born this way b*tch!”

Ah, Gaga, the effervescent proclaimer of self-love, acceptance and confidence. And don’t we just adore her for it? Clearly she must have taken Iris Apfel’s advice about developing her own sense of style too …

Anyway, covered in meat or not, Gaga is right.

You are you. There is nobody else like you. So why hide who you are?

Accept yourself, love yourself and then don’t let anyone get in your way.

#6: Karl Lagerfeld

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”

Ooh, more fashion advice! Spectacular.

And while you might be lazing about in your old tracky dacks (Australian for sweatpants), keep in mind that Mister Lagerfeld is seldom found in less than an immaculately pressed and tailored suit. I bet he even sleeps in one.

So sure, the appearance of sweatpants in his wardrobe might be cause for concern for him. And if he was found wearing them, then maybe it would be sign of an emotional breakdown.

But remember, this is Karl’s fashion code of conduct, not yours and we shouldn’t take his advice too literally. Instead, think of it more as a ‘how you present yourself to the world is a good insight into your inner emotional state and wellbeing’ concept. So if you’re walking around with unwashed hair, smudged makeup and stained clothing you probably need to check yourself.

In essence, all this advice is saying is that we should take care of ourselves, in particular our appearance. But I’d like to add that our interior (emotions, mind, attitude, thoughts) is just as important.

After all, who wants to be friendly to the girl dressed to the nines but is wearing a scowl?

P.S. I wrote this article while wearing sweatpants. So there.

#7: Bradley Cooper


“I think if you live in a black-and-white world, you’re gonna suffer a lot. I used to be like that. But I don’t believe that anymore.”

Turns out Bradley Cooper is more than just a pretty face!

This piece of advice is a great tip to keep in mind when you’re trying to understand why things happen the way they do and why people behave the way they do. In that way, the shades of grey philosophy that Cooper is advocating fits in quite well.

And more to the point, it’s true. Nobody is ever 100 percent ‘good’. Nobody is ever 100 percent ‘evil’. What’s a good thing to one person is a terrible thing to another. Our world isn’t black and white and nor should our understanding of it be.

Hats off to you, Bradley.

#8: Jane Fonda

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”

Truth be told, Fonda was probably thinking about helping America carve rock-hard abs when she said this quote, but it’s actually quite applicable to the rest of our lives too.

Sometimes we can get stuck in bad relationships, hanging out with a crappy group of friends and churning out boring days in a dreaded 9-5 job and forget that we can actually change things. We don’t need to be stuck in a bad relationship, or have friends that put us down. We can change it all.

“You are not a tree. So if you don’t like where you are, move.”

#9: Johnny Depp


“If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.”

If there’s any message to your work, Johnny, it’s that one man can simultaneously appeal to a billion different demographics in one charming swoop. Seriously, who isn’t into Johnny Depp?

Anyway, he has a fair point. In his roles he normally plays quirky, eccentric and all-together adorable characters that leave us panting for more. But they’re not really normal are they?

And how boring would it be if they were? I’m talking to you, Jennifer Aniston.

Real people are complicated, multifaceted and complex. Embrace it.

#10: Denzel Washington

“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it. I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”

How often do we wish, hope and pray for something only to discover that it wasn’t really what we wanted? Life isn’t perfect. Situations aren’t perfect. But we can find happiness and greatness in all things, including those situations that aren’t completely what we hoped for.

And at the end of the day, if you wanted rain and you ended up with some mud, all that’s left to do is pull on your gumboots and go outside and stomp in it!

#11: Brad Pitt

“I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it’s up to me.”

We had to end this piece with a quote from Brad Pitt. It would have been sacrilege not to! Oh and, Brad, if you need any help ‘working through’ any more stuff, I’m here for you, darling…

Peace and love, beautiful ones! And let us know if you come across any other wise celebrity quotes! Share them in the comment section below!

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Cassandra Lane

While Cassandra readily admits to being a rampant cupcake aficionada (how could she not be with an almost-brother-in-law that owns not one, but three cupcake shops?) she happily works off her lust of all things sweet and sugary by slogging it out in the gym and outdoors.

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