"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials."
"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."Meryl Streep 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."Meryl Streep on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Meryl Streep on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Meryl Streep 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."Meryl Streep on Pablo Picasso
"America doesn't reward people of my age, either in day-to-day life or for their performances."
"I didn't have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do."
"The more you are in this business, the more humbled by it you become."
"Show business has been really, really good to me because I can work and take a lot of time off, and I'm extremely undisciplined person."
"All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene."