"I think because I became a mom later in life, everything in life means more."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Mariska Hargitay on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Mariska Hargitay on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Mariska Hargitay on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Mariska Hargitay on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Mariska Hargitay on Pablo Picasso
"When I was in my early 20s, I had my hair permed. Bad idea! It turned into total frizz. My advice to women is, if you have nice hair already, don't get a perm, leave your hair alone!"
"Everything has combined to make my life in New York an amazing experience. I told my manager a few years ago that I wanted to move here and try acting in the theater."
"I am grateful that I didn't let fear get the best of me. It only holds you back from possibilities and greatness."
"You've got to kick fear to the side, because the payoff is huge."
"You know how you wake up in the morning and sometimes you look gorgeous and other times you look like you got hit by a mack truck? I realized that my mack truck is food. If I have no sugar, yeast or wine, I have no undereye bags and my skin is perfect."