Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

Mary Tyler Moore Quotes


Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress, producer, and philanthropist who was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. She began her career as a dancer and model, but soon transitioned to acting, appearing in a number of television shows and films.

Moore is best known for her groundbreaking role as Mary Richards on the television sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which aired from 1970 to 1977. The show was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to change the way that women were portrayed on television.

Moore also appeared in a number of other television shows and films, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Ordinary People,” and “Flirting with Disaster.” She was known for her wit, intelligence, and charm, and she was admired by fans and colleagues alike.

Moore died on January 25, 2017, at the age of 80, after a long battle with diabetes. Her death was mourned by many in the entertainment industry and beyond, and she was remembered as a trailblazer and an icon in American television and film. Moore’s legacy continues to inspire and influence generations of actors and artists.

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges make life worth living.

I’ve always been independent. I’ve always had a sense of self.

You can’t be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit.

A sense of humor is the best defense against reality.

I’m not an actress who can create a character. I play me.

I’m not an advocate for disability issues. Human issues are what interest me. You can’t possibly speak for a diverse group of people.

I’ve always believed that if you don’t stay moving, they will throw dirt on you.

I learned to take the first step, to go after what I want.

Mary Tyler Moore Quotes
Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

I’ve always been optimistic. It’s the only way to live.

My grandfather once said, having watched me one entire afternoon, prancing and leaping and cavorting, ‘this child will either end up on stage or in jail.’ Fortunately, I took the easy route.

I believe in the power of laughter and tears as an antidote to hatred and terror.

You can’t be everything to everyone. You have to find what makes you happy and go for it.

I’ve always been a realist and a dreamer.

I always found that being prepared and organized helped me to stay calm under pressure.

I never wanted to be famous. I just wanted to be good.

I’ve always tried to treat people the way I would like to be treated.

I’m not what you might call sexy, but I’m romantic. Let’s put it that way.

I’m a survivor, and I’m not afraid to say it.

Mary Tyler Moore Quotes
Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

I’m not an angel, but I’m not bad. I’m just a little bit crazy sometimes.

If you’re not happy, you’re not successful. It’s as simple as that.

I’ve always believed that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you want in life.

I always wanted to be somebody. If I made it, it’s half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.

Life is not always fair, but it’s not always unfair either. It’s just what you make of it.

I’m not a role model, I’m a human being. I make mistakes.

I don’t think any of us should be defined by what we do. We should be defined by who we are.

I think that when you’re famous, people have a certain expectation of you. But you have to remember that you’re only human.

I never really thought of myself as a sex symbol. I just wanted to be a good actress.

I’m not interested in being perfect. I’m interested in being authentic.”

Mary Tyler Moore Quotes
Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

I’ve always believed that you have to work hard to get what you want in life.

I’m not interested in playing the same character over and over again. I want to challenge myself as an actress.

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

There are two kinds of cloning right now. One is therapeutic cloning which is for coming up with cures for life threatening, really, really awful diseases. Then there is reproductive cloning, which is to make a human being out of your DNA and a donor egg.

Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you’re really strangers.

There are certain things about me that I will never tell to anyone because I am a very private person. But basically, what you see is who I am. I’m independent, I do like to be liked, I do look for the good side of life and people. I’m positive, I’m disciplined, I like my life in order, and I’m neat as a pin.

The only leading man I ever had a crush on was James Garner.

A human being has been given an intellect to make choices, and we know there are other food sources that do not require the killing of a creature that would protest being killed.

What happens is that the system builds many inferior blood vessels in the eye to take the place of the vessels that are dying. And those blood vessels are not up to the task. And they bleed. They hemorrhage and they cover the eye inside with blood.

Because of the enormous responsibility, diabetic kids tend to grow up to be the most mature, most realistic people who have a natural desire to reach outside of themselves.

Mary Tyler Moore Quotes
Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

And then Dick called and said, I’m going to do a special called Dick Van Dyke and the other woman, that would be you, because every time I try to check into a hotel with my wife, they look at me as though I’m cheating on Laura.

I’ve had the fame and the joy of getting laughter – those are gifts.

And the sculptor woman was so clever in the way she did it. She had the beret just about to leave my hand. So it’s attached to this finger and that’s what will keep it there. And I’m looking up at it, so there’s no question but that that beret is going to fly.

I still feel as if I weren’t a good enough mother. I didn’t break any rules.

And that’s what the audience was feeling too, as they watched the show and as they watch it now. And overriding all of that is the way it was written. It was written honestly. There was never any manufactured laugh. There was never compromising of character.

I’ve had problems with my eyes, and my legs hurt if I walk a great deal. That’s due to very bad circulation.

It’s called claudication, and it’s painful. So I have to stop if I’m walking, and pretending I’m looking in the window, so that I can rest them a little bit and then start off again.

I live in a kind of controlled awareness. I wouldn’t call it fear, but it’s an awareness. I know I have a responsibility to behave in a certain way. I’m able to do that.

And I came close to losing a part of my foot on two occasions. I hope I’m consistently lucky and that the next time I develop a blister or step on something sharp, that I don’t go as far as I did on those two times.

I just like the continue doing what I’ve been doing. A melange of funny, straight drama, television, movies, a little theater here and there wouldn’t hurt. So if I can keep doing that, I’ll be a very happy person.

Mary Tyler Moore Quotes
Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

Interestingly that some of the characters did not turn out the way Jim and Allen had envisioned them.

Lou Grant was pretty much always Lou Grant.

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.

Well, Rhoda was, I think, the last actress that we saw. There had been so many wonderful actresses who were close, really close. But there was no magical epiphany.

I do watch a lot of Fox News. I like Charles Krauthammer and Bill O’Reilly.

I think I can take responsibility for that in that I was the audience. I was the voice of sanity around whom all these crazies did their dance. And I reacted in the same way that a member of the audience would have reacted.

Diets are for those who are thick and tired of it.

I know the food groups that I like to have and are good for me and those that I have to stay away from.

And so, I don’t need to know exactly what I’m going to eat, but I take my insulin probably 20 minutes before I’m going to sit down.