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All Quotes by author - Shirley Temple
" Any star can be devoured by human adoration, sparkle by sparkle. "
" At the end of the Depression, people were perhaps looking for something to cheer themselves up. They fell in love with a dog and a little girl. It won't happen again. "
" Biographies of me have usually been compiled from old newspaper clips, untruthful publicity stories, and reminiscences of people who claim to have known me well. "
" By the time I got to the Fox studio for my first major film, I knew how to hit a mark. I knew how to memorize lines. I knew how to pay attention. "
" Dr. Kissinger was a former child. Jerry Ford was a former child. Even F.D.R. was a former child. I retired from the movies in 1949, and I'm still a former child. "
" Good luck needs no explanation. "
" I class myself with Rin Tin Tin. People in the Depression wanted something to cheer them up, and they fell in love with a dog and a little girl. "
" I did an imitation of him to make the crew laugh. To my shock, there was Cary Grant behind me. He got very angry. I was sent all the way from RKO to David Selznick's office and was told not to do it anymore. I thought to myself, 'I must have been pretty good to make him that angry.' "
" If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't change anything. I probably would have paid for the pleasure of working. "
" I guess I was an early method actress. I would go to a quiet part of the sound stage with my mother. I wouldn't think of anything sad, I would just make my mind a blank. In a minute I could cry. "
" I had had enough pretend. I wanted to be in the real world. "
" I hate that song 'Mr. Bojangles.' It drives me up the wall, since it's not about him at all. He was never a bum in jail. "
" I have always told anyone who would listen that I was available for more public service. "
" I have one piece of advice for those of you who want to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award: Start early! "
" I loved what I did. I remember cruel mothers who would pinch their children to make them cry in a scene, but my mother encircled me with affection. "
" I'm not too proud of the movies I made as a grownup except for 'That Hagen Girl', which nobody remembers but which gave me a chance to act. "
" I ran for Congress, just once. "
" I remember telling President Carter on his first night, when I was escorting people around, that I was interested in continuing public service and that politics didn't matter - but it does, doesn't it? "
" I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. "
" I've always been bossy. "
" I've been blessed with three wonderful careers: motion pictures and television, wife, mother and grandmother... and diplomatic services for the United States government. "
" I've led three lives: the acting part, wife and mother - which is a career - and international relations. I'm proud of my career, the first one, and I'm proud of the other two, too. "
" I wanted to be in the FBI. I also wanted to be a pie salesman. "
" I wanted to be the first girl in my class to get married. From the seventh grade on, I used to write in my yearbook under each senior's picture, 'married' or 'engaged.' I had marriage on the brain. "
" I was absolutely bathed in love. I was so young, starting at age 3, that working seemed very normal. I thought everybody went to work. "
" I was in Vienna in August 1968 for a meeting of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies, of which I was co-founder, and we wanted a 20th country to join. They asked for a volunteer to go to Prague to get Czechoslovakia to do it, and my hand always goes up first. "
" I wish my name was Cobb. Then they would send over a Cobb salad. "
" I work a seventeen hour day, and I'm personally responsible for 108 staff members in the embassy. "
" Long ago, I became more interested in the real world than in make-believe. "
" Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways in science, in politics, in every bold intention. "
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