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A collection of top quotes and sayings by Julie Andrews on motivation, perseverance, failing, life, work, nature etc.

218 Ultimate Badass Quotes By Julie Andrews

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Actress, Singer & Author

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Walton-on-Thames

Julie Andrews, who has been acting for six decades now, is best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the title role of the movie 'Mary Poppins'. Apart from acting, she was also a talented singer who appeared in several Broadway musicals during her early career until she lost her singing voice following a botched surgery. She later became an author and published her memoir, as well as a bunch of children's books. She is associated with a number of charities including Alzheimer's Association, Bob Woodruff Foundation, Midnight Mission and the Human Rights Campaign. She often shares inspirational ideas through her speeches. She is mostly concerned about topics like Alzheimer's disease, gender equality, health, homelessness, LGBT issues, and veteran support.

I think birth and motherhood are not things that you're trained to do. You might have a good example in your own mum, but nobody teaches you how to be a really great mum.

- Julie Andrews

I'm the lucky one who got asked to do 'The Sound of Music' and all the other lovely things that I did.

- Julie Andrews

I had toured around England endlessly throughout my teens, but when I came to the U.S. to perform on Broadway, that was a huge step.

- Julie Andrews

The arts need funding.

- Julie Andrews

You can't bring the arts too soon to kids.

- Julie Andrews

There's nothing like the joy of the arts, and promoting the arts early in children is going to give them such a start in life in a way.

- Julie Andrews

I love that President and Mrs. Obama are embracing the arts. I am so delighted.

- Julie Andrews

I've made my pact with the Lord for the next lifetime. I would love to be a first-class musician. A super one.

- Julie Andrews

I love my garden. I love my privacy. I'm very fierce about it. I try not to let too many people into my home. That's my private place.

- Julie Andrews

Marriage is the hardest work you're ever going to do.

- Julie Andrews

I come from a long line of below-stairs maids and gardeners. Good ol' peasant stock. My mother and her sister made a quantum leap out of that life. Then I made another quantum leap.

- Julie Andrews

Singing has been a cherished gift, and my inability to sing has been a devastating blow.

- Julie Andrews

More than anything, the arts are the best teaching tool.

- Julie Andrews

Programs that bring the arts to young kids are always the first to be cut. It's mind-boggling to me.

- Julie Andrews

I do not knock 'Poppins' or 'The Sound of Music.' They gave me pleasure, and I know they've given a lot of people enormous pleasure.

- Julie Andrews

Actually, I had a lot of good people with me - my mother's sister did a lot of taking care of me, and I suppose I got more attention than my stepbrothers because at least I got to travel with my parents.

- Julie Andrews

I didn't know other children from divorced families, and I was a bit of a lost soul for a while. Then suddenly, I was performing. And it gave me an identity.

- Julie Andrews

I've always seen the cup as half-full.

- Julie Andrews

I know I probably have a lot of rage in me that I don't show. But I'm not about to wallow in it or reveal it.

- Julie Andrews

There are elements of me in the roles I've played in the past. But people forget that Mary Poppins was just a role, too.

- Julie Andrews

I'm resilient, and I'm professional.

- Julie Andrews

I justified working so hard by knowing that I was helping to maintain the roof over our heads.

- Julie Andrews

My mother was terribly important to me, and I know how much I yearned for her in my youth, but I don't think I truly trusted her.

- Julie Andrews

Truthfully, I mostly can be as private as I want.

- Julie Andrews

I grew up knowing only war, so for me, it was the way things were. It wasn't pleasant by any means.

- Julie Andrews

I do wish somewhere there was a film of our stage production of 'My Fair Lady.'

- Julie Andrews

Growing up in England, of course you do absorb certain ways the royals wave their hands and carry themselves.

- Julie Andrews

In my early years, I was much too ignorant and didn't realize how desperately important it all is, how really important the lyrics are. And for me as a singer, I am a lady who takes the lyrics first.

- Julie Andrews

I'm not very good with some of the more modern songs that have an awful lot of 'doo wah wahs,' if you know what I mean, because I can't do anything with them.

- Julie Andrews

Let me put it this way: I can sing a hell of an 'Old Man River,' way down in the bass.

- Julie Andrews

I am thrilled to be dame. It's one of those - the fact that you have been honored by your country is what it's all about, and it just feels good right there.

- Julie Andrews

I'm beginning to think that I like the behind-the-scenes work as much as I do in front of the camera as I get a little bit older.

- Julie Andrews

'Simeon's Gift' is really - it's about a musician who - in the Middle Ages, who goes out to find his muse.

- Julie Andrews

I'm not very good with rap and things like that.

- Julie Andrews

I like - I actually love classical music very much.

- Julie Andrews

I was always told I was not pretty enough.

- Julie Andrews

I did all of my learning on 'My Fair Lady.'

- Julie Andrews

I'm just honored that some of my little contributions I've written with my daughter are doing well.

- Julie Andrews

I had no education whatsoever, and my mother said, 'Oh, you'll get a much better education in life.' I did to some extent, though I always wish I could have tried it.

- Julie Andrews

You take any job that comes along, and if you're really lucky, the movie takes off.

- Julie Andrews

Our first visit to the Creature Shop is one of the days I will never, ever forget. There was just so much to see and admire and be gobsmacked by.

- Julie Andrews

The arts are usually the first thing to be cut in schools or regional programs.

- Julie Andrews

You're always changing your thoughts about things.

- Julie Andrews

How dare one act like a diva when you have a lot of work to do and you need to find your disciplines and so on?

- Julie Andrews

I had a lot of learning on my feet.

- Julie Andrews

I think any director is intimidating.

- Julie Andrews

If you've been fortunate enough to do a film that appeals to the entire family, that's the audience that's probably going to come back to you in something else.

- Julie Andrews

I did a lot of touring in my youth, and I learnt very quickly that giving is what it's all about. It's about the gift of making an audience feel great and forget their cares, if only for a few hours.

- Julie Andrews

Who would have thought that a story about a professor of phonetics would result in it being probably one of the great shows ever for musical theatre? It's a seemingly odd subject.

- Julie Andrews

I really feel very blessed, and I don't forget it, either; there's an awful lot of wonderful talent in this world, and I just seem to be in the right place at the right time.

- Julie Andrews

I was working from a very early age.

- Julie Andrews

A lot of films seem to go to the lowest common denominator.

- Julie Andrews

I am told that the first comprehensible word I uttered as a child was 'home.'

- Julie Andrews

I was named after my two grandmothers - Julia Elizabeth.

- Julie Andrews

And I think as long as a song has beautiful lyrics, I'm so happy.

- Julie Andrews

As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually.

- Julie Andrews

I play with my grandchildren. I tend to my garden, which I love. Of course, I love to read, and family is really what it's all about.

- Julie Andrews

I don't think I have the image that say, Judy Garland has, or Bette Davis.

- Julie Andrews

A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it.

- Julie Andrews

Singing has never been particularly easy for me.

- Julie Andrews

I don't want to be thought of as wholesome.

- Julie Andrews

I adored my birth father and constantly worried that I was being disloyal to him and his schoolteacher roots if I spent too much time performing and enjoying it.

- Julie Andrews

The thrill of being in front of a camera remains exactly the same.

- Julie Andrews

Use your knowledge, and your heart, to stand up for those who can't stand, speak for those who can't speak, be a beacon of light for those whose lives have become dark.

- Julie Andrews

If the director says you can do better, particularly in a love scene, then it is rather embarrassing.

- Julie Andrews

Feed the body food and drink, it will survive today. Feed the soul art and music, it will live forever.

- Julie Andrews

I've got a good right hook.

- Julie Andrews

Leave every place you go, everything you touch, a little better for your having been there.

- Julie Andrews

I thought it was all a flash in the pan. It wasn't until Broadway came along that I felt I had really made it.

- Julie Andrews

I love singing, and I came to absolutely adore it in the later part of my career.

- Julie Andrews

If you're passionate about what you do, then go for it wholeheartedly. Be prepared that if anytime, you may be surprised by a phenomenal opportunity that may come your way, and that's when I say, do your homework. Be ready.

- Julie Andrews

I have always wished I could learn to be a potter. I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling to create something lovely.

- Julie Andrews

Miracles, contrary to popular belief, do not just happen. A miracle is the achievement of the impossible, and it is only when we put aside out greed, anger, pride and prejudice so that our minds are open and ready to accept it, that a miracle can occur.

- Julie Andrews

I'd like to be an original, to be myself and not a pale copy of anyone else.

- Julie Andrews

I hate the word wholesome.

- Julie Andrews

It is not enough to reach for the brass ring. You must also enjoy the merry go round.

- Julie Andrews

I am very proud to be British. I'm very conscious of carrying my country with me wherever I go. I feel I need to represent it well.

- Julie Andrews

If you remain calm in the midst of great chaos, it is the surest guarantee the it will eventually subside

- Julie Andrews

I am an optimistic lady.

- Julie Andrews

Hopefully, I brought people a certain joy. That will be a wonderful legacy.

- Julie Andrews

Garry Marshall is a joy. I feel so utterly safe in his hands.

- Julie Andrews

The anateur works until they get something right. The professional works until they can't go wrong.

- Julie Andrews

Broadway is a tough, tough arena for singing.

- Julie Andrews

Beginnings are always hard.

- Julie Andrews

Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it.

- Julie Andrews

You never feel lonely if you're writing, because you're living with all these characters in your head.

- Julie Andrews

I was lucky enough to be the lady that was asked to be Maria in the Sound Of Music, and that film was fortunate enough to be huge hit. The same with Mary Poppins. I got terribly lucky in that respect.

- Julie Andrews

I was raised never to carp about things and never to moan, because in vaudeville, which is my background, you just got on with it through all kinds of adversities.

- Julie Andrews

Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up? Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn't notice.

- Julie Andrews

Where the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.

- Julie Andrews

I was a child prodigy who had a freak voice of something like four octaves.

- Julie Andrews

Success is failing nineteen times and soaring the twentieth.

- Julie Andrews

You never start out being a star.

- Julie Andrews

I would like to make one thing quite clear. ... I never explain anything.

- Julie Andrews

I have been called a nun with a switchblade where my privacy is concerned. I think there's a point where one says, that's for family, that's for me.

- Julie Andrews

Words are what make the song. I get a personal vision about what the lyrics are about.

- Julie Andrews

All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.

- Julie Andrews

If you just literally stand still for a while, listen and think, things will eventually get sorted out.

- Julie Andrews

I seem to be very busy, and I seem always to be working.

- Julie Andrews

There is no greater thrill than to sing with a beautiful orchestra.

- Julie Andrews