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Carrie Fisher Quotes From the Actress Who Brought Princess Leia to Life

Carrie Fisher is the actress who brought to life one of Hollywood’s most iconic roles, Princess Leia. Many of these Carrie Fisher quotes are about Leia and Star Wars. There are more than a few about the gold bikini she wore in the film.

However, Carrie Fisher was so much more than Princess Leia. She was famous from the moment of her birth, being the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and later, the stepdaughter of Elizabeth Taylor.

Carrie also spoke a lot about her childhood and Hollywood upbringing. These Carrie Fisher quotes about Hollywood, her life, and how she felt about fame give us a glimpse into what being famous is really like.

You might not know that Carrie also contributed and wrote several screenplays, including the one for Lethal Weapon 3! She was also a novelist and a mental health advocate.

Keep reading to learn more about the famous actress and what she thought about love and relationships.

Don’t forget to also check out these Princess Leia quotes for Star Wars fans.

Carrie Fisher quotes about Hollywood and stardom

1. “I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result.” ― Carrie Fisher

2. “I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish.” ― Carrie Fisher

3. “At a certain point in my early twenties, my mother started to become worried about my obviously ever-increasing drug ingestion. So she ended up doing what any concerned parent would do. She called Cary Grant.” ― Carrie Fisher

4. “You’re not really famous until you’re a Pez dispenser.” ― Carrie Fisher

5. “People see me and they squeal like tropical birds or seals stranded on the beach.” ― Carrie Fisher

6. “Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence.” ― Carrie Fisher

7. “You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.” ― Carrie Fisher

8. “It’s a man’s world and show business is a man’s meal, with women generously sprinkled through it like overqualified spice.” ― Carrie Fisher

9. “I was street smart, but unfortunately, the street was Rodeo Drive.” ― Carrie Fisher

10. “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’” ― Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher quotes about Star Wars and Princess Leia

11. “People are still asking me if I knew Star Wars was going to be that big of a hit. Yes, we all knew. The only one who didn’t know was George.” ― Carrie Fisher

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12. “Leia follows me like a vague smell.” ― Carrie Fisher

13. “I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.” ― Carrie Fisher

14. “That’s why ‘Star Wars’ is appealing. You watch someone fight the perilous monster.” ― Carrie Fisher

15. “What I’ve realized recently is that the difference between me and Mickey Mouse is, there’s not a man that can go and say, ‘Look, can you get me in any faster? I’m Mickey Mouse.’ Whereas I can go in and say, ‘Look, could you get me a table faster? I’m Princess Leia.’” ― Carrie Fisher

16. “I’ll go hang out with a bunch of robots for a few months and then return to my life and try to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.” ― Carrie Fisher

17. “I am Princess Leia, no matter what. If I were trying to get a good table, I wouldn’t say I wrote ‘Postcards.’ Or, if I’m trying to get someone to take my check and I don’t have ID, I wouldn’t say, ‘Have you seen ‘Harry Met Sally’?’ Princess Leia will be on my tombstone.” ― Carrie Fisher

18. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.” ― Carrie Fisher

19. [Speaking of her gold bikini] “Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.” ― Carrie Fisher

20. “I had a lot of fun killing Jabba the Hutt. They asked me on the day if I wanted to have a stunt double kill Jabba. No! That’s the best time I ever had as an actor.” ― Carrie Fisher

Candid Carrie Fisher quotes about her life and mental health

21. “If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That’s my word for it.” ― Carrie Fisher

22. “I’m very sane about how crazy I am.” ― Carrie Fisher

23. “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually, the confidence will follow.” ― Carrie Fisher

24. “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.” ― Carrie Fisher

25. “I shot through my twenties like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination: Nowhere.” ― Carrie Fisher

26. “My life is like a lone, forgotten Q-Tip in the second-to-last drawer.” ― Carrie Fisher

27. “I am a spy in the house of me. I report back from the front lines of the battle that is me. I am somewhat nonplused by the event that is my life.” ― Carrie Fisher

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28. “The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls.” ― Carrie Fisher

29. “I’m fine, but I’m bipolar. I’m on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I’m never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It’s like being a diabetic.” ― Carrie Fisher

30. “No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.” ― Carrie Fisher

Sarcastic, funny, and spot-on Carrie Fisher quotes

31. “As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don’t.” ― Carrie Fisher

32. “Instant gratification takes too long.” ― Carrie Fisher

33. “Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.” ― Carrie Fisher

34. [again referring to her gold bikini] “What supermodels will eventually wear in the seventh ring of hell.” ― Carrie Fisher

35. “Mistakes are a drag because you get in the area of regret and self-pity.” ― Carrie Fisher

36. “It creates community when you talk about private things.” ― Carrie Fisher

37. “All of us are looking for an outside ordeal that will internally change us.” ― Carrie Fisher

38. “If you claim something, you can own it.” ― Carrie Fisher

39. “I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” ― Carrie Fisher

40. “I haven’t ever changed who I am. I’ve just gotten more accepting of it. Being happy isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have.” ― Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher quotes about love, relationships, and companionship

41. “Someone has to stand still for you to love them. My choices are always on the run.” ― Carrie Fisher

42. “I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.” ― Carrie Fisher

43. “The only thing worse than being hurt is everyone knowing that you’re hurt.” ― Carrie Fisher

44. “I envy people who have the capacity to sit with another human being and find them endlessly interesting. I would rather watch TV. Of course, this becomes eventually known to the other person.” ― Carrie Fisher

45. “If there’s a choice between companionship and anything else — especially career — choose companionship. It’s the only thing that has the potential to last. Choose career and you’ll spend unreasonable amounts of time attempting to look younger than you are and feeling you aren’t succeeding.” ― Carrie Fisher

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46. “Even when he’s insulting me, I like it very much. If you’re gonna be insulted, that’s the way to go.” ― Carrie Fisher

47. “I’ve been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn’t look like fun. But if I was gonna do it, I’d want someone like me around. And I will be there!” ― Carrie Fisher

48. “It’s the most amazing thing to be able to forgive.” ― Carrie Fisher

49. “What worries me is, what if this guy is really the one for me and I just haven’t had enough therapy yet for me to be comfortable with having found him?” ― Carrie Fisher

50. “Sometimes I think all I want to find is a mean guy and make him be nice to me. Or maybe a nice guy who’s a little bit mean to me. But they’re usually too nice too soon or too mean too long.” ― Carrie Fisher

Which of these Carrie Fisher quotes is your favorite?

Han Solo and Princess Leia have a legendary Hollywood romance. It might not surprise you that the actors Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher also had a three-month affair.

Carrie revealed this fact in her book The Princess Diarist. The memoir doesn’t paint Ford in the best light, as he was 33 (Fisher was 19) and married with two children. Carrie conjured up a fantasy about the pair that never came to fruition.

Sadly, Carrie Fisher had no real luck in the romance department. She was briefly married to Paul Simon, engaged to Dan Aykroyd for a spell, and had a child with Bryan Lourd. She and Paul divorced, she and Dan broke up when she went back to Simon (briefly), and Lourd left her for a man.

Carrie also dealt with drug addiction, anorexia, and bipolar disorder throughout her life. She often spoke candidly about her addiction and mental health problems, becoming an advocate for both causes.

Harvard College awarded Fisher its Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, in 2016, for “her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy.”

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