“And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.

And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

“I thought I was going to school to be other people, but really, what I learned was to be myself – accepting myself, my strengths and weaknesses.”

“As human beings, we aren’t as individual as we’d like to believe we are. And I think that’s what makes acting possible. Despite the fact that I have not experienced something, I have it in my human capacity to imagine it and to put myself in someone else’s shoes, and to take someone else’s circumstances personally.”

“Personally, I don’t ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful.”

“I feel privileged that people are looking up to me, and perhaps a dream will be born because of my presence.”

“As human beings, what makes us able to empathize with people is a connection that is not necessarily understood mentally.”

“I learned at Yale, one of the biggest lessons was to learn how special I am and therefore how totally unspecial I am. I was special among everyone else who was special. The fact that we’re all so individual and that’s what makes us special.”

“It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.”

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