Ali MacGraw Quotes

 

Looking at beautiful things is what makes me the happiest.

— Ali MacGraw

I had no real experience studying acting; I came to it having done other things for a living for many, many years, and I have this gigantic respect for experience and technique.

— Ali MacGraw

You know, the fashion business is this legendary repository of young girls on their way to getting husbands. I really wanted to work.

— Ali MacGraw

I fully expect to be doing yoga for the rest of my life.

— Ali MacGraw

I want to be a person who makes a quiet difference.

— Ali MacGraw

I’m very touched on a deep level by cruelty to animals.

— Ali MacGraw

I can’t remember when I wasn’t an animal rights activist.

— Ali MacGraw

I don’t enjoy other people’s dramas, and I don’t enjoy mine.

— Ali MacGraw

It’s not so much what do I want to be doing in 15 years, it’s how I want to be in 15 years.

— Ali MacGraw

It’s been my experience that the longer I do yoga, the more I want to know, the more I am able to understand and the less judgmental I am.

— Ali MacGraw

I’ve always loved animals and I always thought that they were, if not better, then the absolute equal of any two legged creature that God ever created.

— Ali MacGraw

I was really involved with other people’s opinions of me, and it got heightened during my film career. I don’t have any opinion, good or bad about it, it just was. It’s not the way I feel now, and I think yoga has a lot to do with that.

— Ali MacGraw

The quality of my life has changed dramatically – not the events – but the way I handle them and my priorities and my sense of drama.

— Ali MacGraw

I think that I was lucky that I was 30 when I did ‘Love Story’, which came with this extravagant pop celebrity. I had already done 15 years of what I call ‘real’ work.’ I was a waitress, chambermaid, and a photographer’s assistant, so I knew that I was tremendously lucky as a novice actor to have that big hit.

— Ali MacGraw

I think something will soon have to be done to protect people from hacking and blogging and lying and spreading rumors and chasing you down the street. Lives are wrecked that way.

— Ali MacGraw

I think it’s tough when you’re very young and you maybe fall for the celebrity and being the center of attention.

— Ali MacGraw

If you want to be watched 24 hours a day in everything you do, you can’t turn that around. You can’t wake up three years later and say, ‘Stop bothering me, I’m a serious actor,’ if all you’ve done is wear certain clothes and show up half-loaded at clubs.

— Ali MacGraw

In film, there’s so many little things where not just the actor can blow his lines, but technically, it doesn’t quite come off in the perfect way envisioned.

— Ali MacGraw

I’m a New Yorker, and working in New York was divine for me. I loved working there and going to work there, which I’ve been able to do three or four times in my career, and I just love it. It’s my favorite.

— Ali MacGraw

I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And I travel a tremendous amount. I’m in New York and California a lot, but then also I like faraway places a lot.

— Ali MacGraw

People tell me that I am well-grounded. I am sane in the New England sense of the word.

— Ali MacGraw

My parents made no money whatsoever, but they really knew how to see, as artists. So a big adventure might be, on a hot, dreadful day with no place to go, to go out and draw our chickens with pastels. My parents gave me a sense of wonder.

— Ali MacGraw

Modeling was so fleeting it doesn’t count in my life scheme.

— Ali MacGraw

My ex-husband happens to be one of the most gifted moviemakers. And what is so bizarre about working with someone like that? I guess it is bizarre to be good friends with your ex-husband.

— Ali MacGraw

I had a romantic, ‘Aren’t I a good girl?’ take on divorce, but the truth is that was stupid.

— Ali MacGraw

When one stops working at the height of one’s career, it’s just stupid not to say, ‘I want to make sure I have a house.’

— Ali MacGraw

I’m much more famous than I am rich, but I’m able to scale back my lifestyle. I know a lot of people who were where I was who can’t imagine living any simpler, but I haven’t got a lot of expensive wants.

— Ali MacGraw

There’s so much craziness that comes along with being a movie star that you can get so confused. Unless you’ve spent your whole life waiting to be the centre of attention, it’s pretty terrifying.

— Ali MacGraw

I’m in total awe of the technique of great film people. Because if you get your emotional life up to perfection by miracle on Take One, you better have a technique to keep doing it again and again and again.

— Ali MacGraw

Here’s what I had: I had the arrogance of saying I’d like to be in a ‘good’ movie, so in fact, when I was hot, I turned down a lot of stuff because I didn’t think I wanted to watch it.

— Ali MacGraw

If you’re a baby about the media, as I was, you can’t imagine what it’s like when the great approval machine shines its beam on you, when every time you cross the street someone comes out of a manhole to talk about your haircut.

— Ali MacGraw

I’m learning how to live in the present and be grateful for what’s working rather than look for the ‘what’s not working’ piece.

— Ali MacGraw

I have this amazing life.

— Ali MacGraw

I think we live in a time where people are just insane on the subject of how they look.

— Ali MacGraw

There are so many kinds of love, and they’re all very intense for me.

— Ali MacGraw

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