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All Quotes by author - Maria Shriver
" At work, you're replaceable... but as a parent, you're irreplaceable. "
" Don't think of him as a Republican. Think of him as the man I love, and if that doesn't work, think of him as the man who can crush you. "
" I appreciate your support, particularly this year, for sticking with me. "
" I decided that I was going to be the Kennedy who makes her own name and finds her own job and works like a dog. My comeuppance was when Arnold got elected - I became the Kennedy who was married to the governor. "
" I don't believe in gutter politics. I don't believe in gutter journalism. "
" I, I am my own woman. I have not been, quote, 'bred' to look the other way. I look at that man back there in the green room straight on, eyes wide open, and I look at him with an open heart. "
" I like cookies, any cookie you put in front of me - animal cookies, sugar cookies, anything crunchy. "
" I like to make jokes; I consider myself a funny person. I just think making jokes about people who are in a situation beyond their control is not funny to them or their families. "
" I lost myself in the process and I realized how much I had identified myself with Maria Shriver, newswoman. When that was gone, I had to really sit back and go, 'Well, actually, who am I today?' "
" I made the mistake of thinking that external accomplishments would bring me peace. I thought it was about the job or a book or making a name for myself. "
" I think everybody has tragedy in their life. Everybody has hurdles in their life. Everybody has tough things to overcome. My kids say to me, 'This isn't fair.' I said, 'Life isn't fair.' Everybody has their issues. It's how you handle your issues that distinguishes you. "
" I think that public service is tough on a family - no ifs, ands, buts about it. I have my own personal wishes, but they're not always front and center. "
" I thought I had to show people that I would get in early, stay late or even all night, work on holidays. I didn't want to be the rich kid who was along for a free ride. "
" It's always inspiring to me to meet people who feel that they can make a difference in the world. That's their motive, that's their passion... I think that's what makes your life meaningful, that's what fills your own heart and that's what gives you purpose. "
" I was happy being a journalist. I didn't realize losing my job, my identity went with it. "
" My father never was and isn't a mean man. You know, he never was ruthless. And he succeeded in life without sticking it to anybody. And that's a great example for a man, a strong man, a man's man, to give to his children. You can succeed, you can be successful, without walking over somebody. "
" My mother's death brought me to my knees. She was my hero, my role model, my very best friend. I spoke to her every single day of my life. I really tried hard when I grew up to make her proud of me. "
" No matter who you are, what you've accomplished, what your financial situation is - when you're dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's, you yourself feel helpless. The parent can't work, can't live alone, and is totally dependent, like a toddler. As the disease unfolds, you don't know what to expect. "
" Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us. "
" Part of what Special Olympics is trying to do is break down stereotypes that still exist for people. There is still a lot of fear. "
" Poetry has always been made to seem kind of cultish. But the truth is, everybody really loves it! It's much more mainstream than anyone thought. "
" The gift my mother gave me was the gift of possibility. From an early age, she instilled in me a belief that I could do anything I wanted to do. It wasn't a matter of, 'Can I?' or 'Should I?' It was just, 'You can, you must, you will!' She wanted me to believe that anything was possible. "
" We all know what happens to first ladies who shoot their mouths off. "
" When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands. "
" You can spend the rest of your life trying to figure out what other people expect from you, or you can make a decision to let that all go. "
" You don't wanna walk around and say, 'I'm somebody's niece, I'm somebody's cousin, I'm somebody's daughter. Who are you?' And I think that's always the challenge when you grow up in a well-known family, is ultimately, you have to face yourself in the mirror and say, 'Who are you? What have you done?' "
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