"It is brilliant going to the theatre and being forced to sit and listen and think about life. It can be almost a near-religious experience."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Emily Mortimer on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Emily Mortimer on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Emily Mortimer on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Emily Mortimer on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Emily Mortimer on Mark Twain
"I decided to give acting a serious, committed try, and soon after, I read the script for 'Lovely and Amazing.' The story was beautiful and honest, and the characters struggled with the same insecurities many women - including me - face. I didn't think I had a chance in hell of being in the film, but I knew I had to go for it."
"I was terribly shy when I was growing up, I really wasn't confident with other people and I think I was always afraid of up or not being this very cool, amazing person that I wanted to be."
"My dad had this philosophy that if you tell children they're beautiful and wonderful then they believe it, and they will be. So I never thought I was unattractive. But I was never one of the girls at school who had lots of boyfriends."
"Los Angeles is like a beauty parlor at the end of the universe."
"I borrowed my friend's car the other day in an attempt to persuade my husband that we needed a car and literally this is true, in the first day of borrowing the car, I got three tickets and I rear-ended it."
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