"You don't stay married for thirty-nine years because of sex or even because of love, but because your partner is a real friend to you, because they respect and regard you."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Olympia Dukakis on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Olympia Dukakis on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Olympia Dukakis on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Olympia Dukakis on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Olympia Dukakis on Abraham Lincoln
"I talk to women's groups all over the country and see women struggling with this. The fear of not being accepted, of being different, of not having a man, all make it hard for a woman to do what she really believes is right for her."