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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Natalie Portman on education, woman, movies, feminist, Harvard, love, beautiful, learning, dating, innocence and luck.

226 Insightful Quotes By Natalie Portman That Will Help See The Grander Purpose Of Life

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Natalie Portman, the Academy Award winning actress, is also an ardent animal right activist and an Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, an organization that promotes micro-lending among women. As a child, she loved school to such an extent that her friends used to call her “dork”. Now she hates studying, but loves learning. In a talk to the Harvard graduates in May 2015, she urged them to accept their lack of knowledge and turn them into an asset. Let us now look at some of her quotes in which she not only talks about her works, but also about her learning experiences, her dreams and interests, her childhood, her ideas about marriage and friendship and many other topics.

Hillary Clinton wants to push for equal pay and for paid family leave and for better and cheaper childcare.

- Natalie Portman

I campaigned for Hillary Clinton when she was in the primaries against [Barack] Obama, actually.

- Natalie Portman

I think people who aren't in film experience that when they hear their voice on an answering machine or something.

- Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton is incredibly prepared and smart on all of the issues.

- Natalie Portman

I think Hillary Clinton understands the ins and outs of the White House better than anyone who's come before her.

- Natalie Portman

I'm really good at mini-golf. You know, maybe not big person golf, but little person golf.

- Natalie Portman

With the young generation, there are even more women than men making movies right now.

- Natalie Portman

Even my life's not normal because I'm acting, right?

- Natalie Portman

I honestly don't even really want to think about it [if Donald Trump wins]; I'd rather focus on how wonderful Hillary Clinton is.

- Natalie Portman

I read every biography [of Jackie Kennedy] I could get my hands on.

- Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton is such a formidable candidate.

- Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton wants to extend the Obamacare rule that healthcare companies cannot discriminate against women and charge them more than men for their healthcare. [Donald] Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare.

- Natalie Portman

It's so much unwanted interest in your privacy that you don't want to invite anymore.

- Natalie Portman

The best thing you can hope for, when you make a movie and you put your soul into it, is that people respond to it well.

- Natalie Portman

[Donald] Trump wants to punish women for getting abortions and defund Planned Parenthood.

- Natalie Portman

Even [Donald Trump] presence was bullying, was lurking, and was just mainly creepy.

- Natalie Portman

I don't have a normal job, so I really appreciate having friends who are writers and artists. It's fun to have a group of people you can call in the middle of the day to go for a hike.

- Natalie Portman

But I love you I'm totally and completely in love with you and I don't care if you think it's too late. I'm telling you anyway.

- Natalie Portman

I'm not really much of a genre guy. I think that audiences don't need that anymore where you just need a very specific genre. Audiences are very sophisticated, and as long as it's fun, it's okay and entertaining.

- Natalie Portman

My response was that more than half of Israelis are of Sephardic origin. Many of these Jews come from Arab lands and share the same physical skin color.

- Natalie Portman

As someone who was born in Israel, you're put in a position of defending Israel because you know how much is at stake.

- Natalie Portman

I'd like it if people thought I was Jewish looking.

- Natalie Portman

It's a big honour to have people be excited about a movie that you make. That's the one thing that you want.

- Natalie Portman

Girls have girl/guy relationships because we are expected to be so emotional and sensitive and stuff, and sometimes you just don't feel like being that way.

- Natalie Portman

Your relationship with your husband should be an important part of your private life, but publicly you should be able to define yourself.

- Natalie Portman

I just stay away from the news and try and find people around me who are doing positive things and look to them.

- Natalie Portman

I don't think I've ever been in love, I'm sure I will be some day. I've had enormous crushes, although I've never been into the Brad Pitt thing.

- Natalie Portman

I think the New York Public Library is so, so amazing. It's literally the coolest place - It's good shelter from the sun and it's the most beautiful building. It's really, really fun.

- Natalie Portman

I think losing a child is unimaginable. It's every person's worst nightmare. It's unimaginably difficult. It shakes your faith in the world. It tests your optimism.

- Natalie Portman

I think the press is doing a wonderful job of putting the pressure on the decision-makers in Hollywood to support more female directors.

- Natalie Portman

'Star Wars' hasn't changed my life at all.

- Natalie Portman

I'm just upset that we've been distracted by so much noise and vulgarity when we could be trying to talk about how our country can get stronger.

- Natalie Portman

Social networking is playing a huge role in creating awareness and mobilizing support for all kinds of common interests. What better way to use this remarkable tool than to change the world?

- Natalie Portman

I'm not a perfectionist but I'm definitely, or well, I like discipline. I'm obedient. I'm not a perfectionist.

- Natalie Portman

Guys have guy/girl relationships so that they can have their own guy thing plus the sensitive thing with the girl.

- Natalie Portman

I do think there is a sort of natural balance in nature between men and women, and that it's being thrown off-balance by the social and economic inequities between men and women.

- Natalie Portman

I don't want to sound superficial, but when I go see a movie myself, I'd rather look at Tom Cruise than some shmo with a beer belly

- Natalie Portman

I had danced when I was younger, until I was about 12, and I always idealized it, as most young girls do, as the most beautiful art. It's an expression without words.

- Natalie Portman

I am more a teenager than anyone else I know. One minute I feel really adult and the next minute I say, 'Let's play hide-and-seek.'

- Natalie Portman

We have so much separation between feeling the emotional and physical side of sex.

- Natalie Portman

I don't want to be a celebrity who's trying to like say, «look at this charity work I'm doing».

- Natalie Portman

I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven't smoked in years.

- Natalie Portman

And then there is Cate Blanchett. She is different all the time.

- Natalie Portman

I really want to get the word out to people to register because of course, the more people vote, the more our democracy works.

- Natalie Portman

One of the most exiting things about being pregnant is that I just am accepting the complete unknown; it's a complete mystery and miracle.

- Natalie Portman

People are just funny sometimes if you find the right character.

- Natalie Portman

I've wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, a vet - these are things I've said in interviews. Before that, I wanted to be a mermaid and a fairy.

- Natalie Portman

I think mainly it's an optics thing: to be able to visualize a woman in a position of power. It's going to be wonderful for all of us in every field.

- Natalie Portman

I'd say I got three or four offers for films that had female directors, so in my career I haven't had that opportunity before. That's exciting.

- Natalie Portman

The fact that audiences have come away moved, excited, entertained and stimulated by the film is extraordinarily flattering.

- Natalie Portman

Normally I can't watch myself at all, and watching myself makes me cringe, and I cover my face, and it's very hard to watch.

- Natalie Portman

I'd basically have trouble with any job that doesn't require me to wear silly clothes and talk in funny voices.

- Natalie Portman

Your director is your everything and you devote yourself to them and you want to help create their vision.

- Natalie Portman

I have nice ears. I have no lobes, which was disappointing for a while, but I've gotten over it and learned to love them. Being lobeless isn't the end of the world

- Natalie Portman

You see the amount of bullying and negativity that goes on [social media] that is really, really intense, and I feel lucky that I came of age before all of that came on.

- Natalie Portman

To have to watch myself in a way that was constructively critical was really good for me because it made me a little bit more easy on myself because I wasn't allowed to walk away screaming.

- Natalie Portman

I think you always need to be able to relate to your characters, but that doesn't necessarily mean...you have to understand why they do what they do, but you don't actually have to be like that yourself.

- Natalie Portman

Ballet really lends itself to that because there's such a sense of ritual, with wrapping the shoes every day and preparing new shoes for every performance. It's such a process. It's almost religious, in nature.

- Natalie Portman

I think it's about having a competent president, and I don't really think gender has to do with how Hillary Clinton will lead.

- Natalie Portman

Really, really obscene hip-hop. I love it so much. It makes me laugh and then it makes me want to dance.

- Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton has a real history of uniting people, of being able to work with both Republicans and Democrats, of trying to fight for people's equal rights. Whereas we really see the polar opposite in her opponent.

- Natalie Portman

You can tell when someone likes you just because you're in a movie, because all they talk about is the movie, and all they talk about is the movie business.

- Natalie Portman

I think that we, women, are so often defined by who our husbands are and what our husbands do. And it's time for that to end.

- Natalie Portman

I also feel I'm a positive role model by not putting my education on hold.

- Natalie Portman

I don't know if acting is what I want to do for the rest of my life, it's just what I've, you know, ended up doing when I was little, and I've kinda grown up with it.

- Natalie Portman

It really wasn't my thing. It still isn't my thing, the whole science-fiction action thing. I prefer simpler, character-based movies.

- Natalie Portman

No one can live without friendship, because what would you do all day without friends?

- Natalie Portman

My mom devotes so much of her time toward me. She's an artist, and my father is a doctor. I've been brought up in what you might call a pretty conventional family.

- Natalie Portman

Sometimes just watching a person doing the things they would only do at home lets you know who they really are.

- Natalie Portman

I've always tried to stay away from playing Jews. I get like 20 Holocaust scripts a month, but I hate the genre.

- Natalie Portman

People who take everything to heart trivia - the most capable of genuinely love.

- Natalie Portman

Cute is when your personality shines through your looks.

- Natalie Portman

I'm not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and that fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it. Committing yourself to one person is sacred.

- Natalie Portman

Sometimes it's better to forgive and forget. And sometimes, on the other hand, it's better to leave the friendship.

- Natalie Portman

There is a lot lacking on the intellectual side and on the values side when being an actor.

- Natalie Portman

Microcredit is about giving hope.

- Natalie Portman

I couldn't be anorexic because I like food too much, and I couldn't be bulimic because I hate throwing up too much.

- Natalie Portman

I usually run three or four times a week now. Pretty boring, but it's so worth is. It's done wonders for my mood

- Natalie Portman

I always find it a little scary to say that I'm like a character.

- Natalie Portman

Point shoes are torture devices.

- Natalie Portman

If I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk, and the risk led to one my greatest artistic and personal experiences.

- Natalie Portman

I studied psychology in school, and the best psychology is in literature. It's so much easier to understand a character than a theory. You can recognize yourself—or other people—in a different way.

- Natalie Portman

Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.

- Natalie Portman

If we can find ways to love life and be joyful without being wasteful or destructive--that's what's important.

- Natalie Portman

Some relationships aren't true relationships. And it's usually when the other person does something really terrible that you realize it. And that's when it's time to move on.

- Natalie Portman

Part of my reason for being vegetarian was because it practices respect and love for life all through the day, so three times a day, you make a decision to eat things that have not been killed.

- Natalie Portman

Pointe shoes are torture devices. I mean, ballerinas get used to it, but it was definitely a new experience for me. They feel medieval. I was very happy to stop wearing them.

- Natalie Portman

The good news is we have the technology and the tools to alleviate poverty on a global scale. All that is standing in our way is education and will.

- Natalie Portman

I think the opportunities are all over the place - around your corner or in more exotic locales. But everyone finding their own interest - sometimes it's hard to know what you're interested in, I think.

- Natalie Portman

If you're listening to music, then the music is your friend; or if you're with a person, then that person can be your friend because you're communicating.

- Natalie Portman

If you can't laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot longer than you'd like.

- Natalie Portman

You really know a person when you sleep so near to them, or when you eat with them.

- Natalie Portman

Use Starbucks mints for every occasion—they're the strongest

- Natalie Portman

If you read, your book is kind of your friend, because it's like the book is telling you its story and you're being the listener.

- Natalie Portman

I'm trying to use whatever attention is focused on me and divert it to something that really deserves the attention and try and sort of stay out of the way of the rest of the stuff.

- Natalie Portman

I think that most women know what happens that leads you to a point where you're not even looking for intimacy anymore. You're just looking for the physical side of it and not the emotional side of it.

- Natalie Portman

No one will ever love you as much as I do. Why isn't love enough?

- Natalie Portman

I'm pretty immature and get pretty embarrassed easily. I would check out once in a while certain shots to make sure that I felt OK because sometimes once you see it you realize it is fine.

- Natalie Portman

I'm with my friends more than I'm with my parents, but I know more about my parents than I know about my friends. That's something you get out of living with a person.

- Natalie Portman

My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8, I went to one of his medical conferences where they were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again.

- Natalie Portman