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A collection of insightful quotes and sayings by Zooey Deschanel on love, Christmas, music, tradition, hate, fun etc.

261 Insightful Quotes By Zooey Deschanel, The Author Of A Tale Of Two Besties

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Zooey Deschanel is an American actress, model and singer. She loves picnics, clothes and singing. While in school, she dreamed of becoming a Broadway singer or a child actor and pestered her parents for allowing her to take auditions. In her interviews, she has spoken extensively about her childhood, mentioning funny incidents that make you smile automatically.  Now an established actor and singer-songwriter, her aim is to make “people feel like they are not alone.” For her, “that’s just the greatest feeling”. In interviews, she has talked freely about what actually led her to become an actor or what she thinks about feminism.  Let us now go through some of her quotes, which reveal to us her views on many important aspects including heartbreaks, weight loss and coffee.

I've been watching a lot of Joni Mitchell YouTube clips and I can't believe her transformation from this folk singer in Canada.

- Zooey Deschanel

I actually did a lot of improvised movies or movies that were partially improvised.

- Zooey Deschanel

I would say I know nothing about the music business, in a nice sort of way. I totally forgot I was in that music video. That's so funny.

- Zooey Deschanel

Blossoming and unfolding are basically the same thing, but blossoming is more romantic.

- Zooey Deschanel

I finally figured out how to read origami directions.

- Zooey Deschanel

After staring at origami directions long enough, you sort of become one with them and start understanding them from the inside.

- Zooey Deschanel

I have a music career as well, so I was going to either be an actress or a musician. Then, I did both. But, I was always going to do something creative.

- Zooey Deschanel

I've always had a really great time being in movies and writing music when I get home. The more creative I am, the more it feeds into other creative aspects of my life.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm not playing a comedy. I want to be playing the truth of the moment, and then have the comedy come out.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm not cynical about love at all. I'm very practical. I think love takes up a lot of time.

- Zooey Deschanel

It's really fun to say no sometimes. I just don't want to discount how fun it is to say no and exercise your right to say no, and - as a girl - it's important to know how to say no... and that no means no!

- Zooey Deschanel

I think good actors tend to be really funny.

- Zooey Deschanel

There are a million examples of not feeling the jazz, but using the jazz.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm always interested in hearing how other people read and react to my songs. I hadn't thought of it in just that way.

- Zooey Deschanel

One of the things I love about doing things that are creative is that I feel like it's my right as an artist not to be affected by the reactions of those people that are going to hear my songs.

- Zooey Deschanel

I don't thrive in a word-perfect environment.

- Zooey Deschanel

It can make you a little crazy when you are too connected to a product.

- Zooey Deschanel

I also feel like it's the right of the people hearing them to have their own interpretations of what these songs mean. Sometimes people will see things that I don't see.

- Zooey Deschanel

I already have the weird experience of having a name for myself personally that's connected to someone that's in the public eye. So you have me, Zooey Deschanel, and then there's Zooey Deschanel's public persona.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm not really that interested in pandering to an audience of people that are going to judge me before they hear me. If they hear it and don't like it, that's totally fine.

- Zooey Deschanel

I feel like making music because - and this has much to do with the way I was able to make this record - there's more of myself in it.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'll write and make chords with my voice sometimes if I don't have an instrument even though it takes a million times longer.

- Zooey Deschanel

I don't like to plan harmonies too much, because there's something fun that happens when you just sing a pass, then sing another pass, and layer them on top of each other.

- Zooey Deschanel

Writing music is really personal, and it's a really exciting thing to participate in because represents the full creative process: It feels like something is coming from nothing.

- Zooey Deschanel

In making a movie, you're part of a big machine. Even in a small movie there are still so many people involved in the process, and it costs so much money to make.

- Zooey Deschanel

I've always been really picky about roles and make a point of reminding myself that it's not about the money - because, obviously, there's a lot of money to be made in this business if you're willing to do anything.

- Zooey Deschanel

I don't have control over what's on screen, and that's terrifying.

- Zooey Deschanel

I can't even remember the first time I started singing.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm always trying to do stuff I haven't done before or challenge myself so I'm not resting on my laurels all of the time because if I just found my little niche and never left it, I'd be pretty boring, I think.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome - because you get more practice.

- Zooey Deschanel

I don't think there are that many awesome roles out there, whether we're talking about movies or TV.

- Zooey Deschanel

I tend to like simple music. And clever, succinct lyrics. Songs that don't try to be more than they need to to be effective, to stir up something emotionally within you.

- Zooey Deschanel

I've never pursued a role. I always hear stories about actors going after parts and I'm, like, 'How do they do that?' It seems so weird. It seems like a total myth or something.

- Zooey Deschanel

For some reason, people look at me and laugh. I don't know why.

- Zooey Deschanel

When you have endless time, you take all day to go to the grocery store. But, if you have to be at work for 14 hours a day, you manage your time better. I know I do.

- Zooey Deschanel

Everyone romanticizes somebody.

- Zooey Deschanel

Everyone needs a theme song! It should make you feel like a million dollars.

- Zooey Deschanel

Well, my piano's really beautiful. I actually have two pianos. I have a Yamaha upright from the '60s that's blond, wood, and black, and I also have one from the '20s from Chicago - not a well-known brand or anything.

- Zooey Deschanel

It's a lot harder to do an ensemble because your energy is going in so many different places, and you have to cover everybody. You have to sort of split your attention.

- Zooey Deschanel

Not that there is anything wrong with confessional songwriting, there are plenty of people that do that I admire. I think it is great; it just isn't how I do things.

- Zooey Deschanel

People sometimes say, 'Oh, you were a movie star,' and I'm like, 'No, I was a supporting actress.' I wasn't an A-list actress, and I'm fine with that. I'm proud of what I did in film.

- Zooey Deschanel

The moment you sense someone is making something because they think people are gonna buy it or like it, it's just so phony! The public has a nose for phony like nobody else.

- Zooey Deschanel

There are so many cute vintage dresses made out of synthetics from the '60s and '70s - but they're so itchy and hot. It's not worth it!

- Zooey Deschanel

The red-carpet thing of premieres and parties is probably my least favourite part of my job.

- Zooey Deschanel

The first job I ever had was singing in a jazz club when I was like 15 with my friend, and we earned like 70 bucks. We were like, 'Oh my God!'

- Zooey Deschanel

Romantic comedies are usually about when love works.

- Zooey Deschanel

'Pastoralia' by George Saunders is one of my favorite novels.

- Zooey Deschanel

Nothing's better than a picnic.

- Zooey Deschanel

I like to make colored xeroxes of things. I clip out pictures of Liza Minelli and her husband from magazines and I fax them to people anonymously.

- Zooey Deschanel

No, I've been singing forever. I started out doing musicals. I think that was part of the reason why they gave me the part, because I sang.

- Zooey Deschanel

Know what suits you. Now I understand proportion and recognise the shapes that look good on my figure.

- Zooey Deschanel

I LOVE DOWNTOWN LA and I relish any opportunity to spend time there.

- Zooey Deschanel

I think there's a certain space people have decided I occupy - the funny-sidekick thing.

- Zooey Deschanel

There's a vegan and gluten-free bakery called BabyCakes that I love. They've got shops in New York and Los Angeles. Their stuff is amazing.

- Zooey Deschanel

We all know guys who've had their hearts broken in real life; we just don't usually see it in the movies.

- Zooey Deschanel

I just feel like growing up in Los Angeles, you learn, 'Well you're never gonna be the prettiest girl in the room, so just don't even try.' I mean, I care about being pretty, but it's not my most valued thing.

- Zooey Deschanel

I get embarrassed a lot of times getting attention, but I like being onstage. Do you know what I mean? If I'm in a crowd of people and they're all looking at me, I will feel embarrassed. It's a strange dichotomy.

- Zooey Deschanel

I feel there are tone singers, and there are more vocal gymnastics singers. And I think that's amazing when people can do that, but I think there's room for the tone singers. And there aren't a lot of them.

- Zooey Deschanel

Growing up in Hollywood meant there were a lot of film stars' kids at my school - but no conspicuous wealth. It wasn't cool to show off that you had money.

- Zooey Deschanel

I wasn't really the most charming person, socially - it took me a long time to develop my people skills - but the one place I was always comfortable was onstage, acting or singing.

- Zooey Deschanel

I have been a harmony enthusiast since I was a child, singing in choir and with friends growing up. I always put a ton of harmonies on my demos.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm the worst at picking what movies are going to do well. I have no idea. I'm really surprised if a movie I like does well.

- Zooey Deschanel

I did not have a date to the prom. I went to my junior prom alone, and my senior prom, I was doing my first movie. I went in a limousine with, like, a bunch of people to my junior prom. It was a group date.

- Zooey Deschanel

Proving people wrong is probably my favorite thing to do.

- Zooey Deschanel

You can't expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding.

- Zooey Deschanel

Love is individual to each person and I don’t think you can define it before experiencing it because it isn’t going to be the same for everybody.

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn't feel true, I don't want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that's why I don't always fit into the world of performing arts.

- Zooey Deschanel

Humor is a part of spirituality.

- Zooey Deschanel

If you're in the public eye and you have young girls who look up to what you do, they're going to look to you for certain cues, so you have to take that as a responsibility, whether you think you deserve it or not.

- Zooey Deschanel

For those of you who thought you'd be forgotten, The friends you've made will try their best, to make it so. Think of all the beauty that you left behind you. You can take it if you want it, and then let it go...

- Zooey Deschanel

For those of you who tried, but didn't make it, Settle down it's never what you think. The summit doesn't differ from the deep, dark valley, And the valley doesn't differ from the kitchen sink.

- Zooey Deschanel

We are all made of air There's stars in my eyes and there's sun in my hair And I'm runnin' away, it makes me feel better

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm not going to say I'm a big girl. I'm a very small person, but I'm a healthy weight. That might be a little weird for Hollywood.

- Zooey Deschanel

It's strange because a lot of people are like, 'You can't change human nature-people are inherently negative.' I don't think that's true. If you expect the best from people, they'll step up.

- Zooey Deschanel

Making movies, you're like an independent contractor - you come in, you have a specific job, and a lot of what you do is completely manipulated, which is good and bad.

- Zooey Deschanel

If 'New Girl' had been a movie, I don't know whether I would have been given the opportunity to do it.

- Zooey Deschanel

I like playing sort-of-crazy people. There's something really, really fun about that.

- Zooey Deschanel

I never have time to have a dinner. I have to eat while I'm memorizing lines. The only way to maintain energy is to eat all day long. I must eat all day long.

- Zooey Deschanel

I don't know how to explain how, probably to my detriment, unselfpromoting I am. I used to have a cabaret act and I didn't even like to tell me people about that. I really hate selling myself.

- Zooey Deschanel

The average person tells a few white lies.

- Zooey Deschanel

I've personally never wanted to be 'the babe', and refuse to let vanity get in the way of my acting because I don't see my job as being a beautiful person.

- Zooey Deschanel

You don't have to wear expensive clothes to look good.

- Zooey Deschanel

I feel like songwriting is an experiment in empathy.

- Zooey Deschanel

Why don't we just sit and stare and do nothing? Nothing at all for a while I like the way you smile I could be your state and I could be your nation It doesn't get better than home, now does it?

- Zooey Deschanel

I'm a very positive person. I get excited easily, and I like to jump around.

- Zooey Deschanel

If I'm going to be 'too' anything, 'too cute' is fine. I love puppies. So what? Who hates puppies?

- Zooey Deschanel

I would watch 'Wizard of Oz,' like every day, when I was two. I had a hard time understanding that I couldn't go into the film, because it felt so real to me.

- Zooey Deschanel

I think that it's our responsibility to create a world in which girls can grow up and not have to limit their dreams or possibilities.

- Zooey Deschanel

I want to be a freaking feminist and wear a freaking Peter Pan collar. So freaking what?

- Zooey Deschanel

It`s not about women acting like man, it`s about women acting like woman and being sucsessful

- Zooey Deschanel

Secretly, I think everyone who makes fun of California really does want to be in California.

- Zooey Deschanel

To be a gluten-free vegan is, like, the most difficult thing you can possibly be.

- Zooey Deschanel

There's something about guitars, they're just so big, you know what I mean? You're just like, 'Ugh!' It just seems so overwhelming. And the ukulele is, like, the opposite of overwhelming.

- Zooey Deschanel

I can't go on Gawker. I actually think the writing is really funny, but there is a chance that somebody is undercutting me.

- Zooey Deschanel

I don't like business talkers, you know, people who are constantly like, 'Blah blah blah movies.' I find it incredibly boring.

- Zooey Deschanel

California is a great big nation of one They never knew what they wanted 'til it was already gone

- Zooey Deschanel

Well I know that you worry a lot about Things you cant control There are so many things wed like to have But we just cannot hold You've got to be kind to yourself You've got to be kind to yourself

- Zooey Deschanel

There's thieves among us Painting the walls All kinds of lies , and lies I never told it all

- Zooey Deschanel

I think every year I become happier because I become more comfident and more comfortable in my own skin.

- Zooey Deschanel

Take it back Oh, take it back I don't want your lovin', anymore Let me live Oh, let me live It's not you who I sing for

- Zooey Deschanel