A collection of quotes and thoughts by Shirley MacLaine on family, peace, life, purpose, friends, music, writing, integrity, laugh, women, profound and relationships.

8 Insightful Quotes By Shirley MacLaine

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Shirley MacLaine is a celebrated American actress, singer, dancer, author and activist. One of the leading legendary ladies of Hollywood, she is popularly known for her eccentric characters. She kicked her career with the musical show ‘The Pajama Game’. She made her film debut with the movie ‘The Trouble with Harry’ in the year 1955. ‘Some Came Running’ was the first movie which gained her the nomination for the ‘Academy Award’. She was nominated for the ‘Academy Award’ six times for different movies. One of her best performances was in the movie, ‘The Apartment’. She is also known as the ‘Dramatic Actress’. Her first memoir, ‘Don’t Fall off the Mountain’ was published in 1970. ‘Dance While You Can’, ‘You Can Get There From Here’, ‘My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir’ and ‘Cameo: A Journey of the Spirit’ are some of her autobiographical books. Following is a compilation of views and thoughts that the legendary actress has expressed through her writings, work, speeches, interviews and life. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from some of the noteworthy quotes and thoughts by Shirley MacLaine on success, love, experience, culture, acting, age and more.

We are not victims of the world we see, we are victims of the way we see the world.

- Shirley MacLaine

Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.

- Shirley MacLaine

The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.

- Shirley MacLaine

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.

- Shirley MacLaine

It's useless to hold a person to anything he says wile he's in love, drunk, or running for office.

- Shirley MacLaine

You think you have a handle on God, the Universe, and the Great White Light until you go home for Thanksgiving. In an hour, you realize how far you've got to go and who is the real turkey.

- Dance While You Can, Shirley MacLaine

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.

- Shirley MacLaine

Release and resolve fear, and what you want flows freely.

- It's All In The Playing, Shirley MacLaine