Marlo Thomas quotes

  • Where will I be five years from now? I delight in not knowing. That's one of the greatest things about life its wonderful surprises.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Years #Knowing #Optimism

  • You can't be happy, if you're not free and you're not fulfilling yourself.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Fulfilling

  • My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Suicide

  • What I'm loving about Hilary Clinton is that she has the job that's been held mostly by men. She's made it her job, not only to be a very tactful diplomat, but she travels the world, spotlighting what's going on with girls and women, in every country that she goes to. That has been so unique.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Girl #Country #Jobs

  • Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Morning #Science #Facts

  • If you really need to, you have to make it happen.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Needs

  • One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Women #Equality #Feminist

  • Women have to make a living. We don't live in a wealthy world where we even have a choice. We're losing our choice of whether or not we need to work. If we want to work, we obviously should work and have that choice, but a lot of women can't even get to the word "want." They need to work. And it's great to see women who needed to work and found a way to become a firefighter or a steel worker. That, to me, is very exciting.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Firefighter #Choices #Needs

  • Small steps can help people make big changes to achieve what they really desire. That wish isn't going to go anywhere unless you do something about it. Every day, just do one thing. At the end of six months, you'll be somewhere.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Inspirational #Motivational #People

  • I have this theory that there are two kinds of people in the world, people who stop at a traffic accident and those that just drive by. If I see a traffic accident, I am going to stop. I do notice. I don't think that makes me a good or bad person, or anybody else better or worse.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Thinking #Two #People

  • Women should know that they don't have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing them - that there is always time to start a new dream.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Dream #Should #Nurturing

  • One woman is a pest and two women is a team, but three women or more is a coalition. If you can bring a lot of people together as a coalition, you can get a lot changed.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Team #Two #People

  • Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that's because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Laughter #Healing #Mind

  • People don't want to be bothered, if they're not being pressured to change. You have to push people. You have to be the agitator that makes the pearl.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #People #Pearls #Want

  • Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public restroom and an autograph seeker handed me a pen and paper under the stall door.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Doors #Paper #Fame

  • A society is judged by the way it cares for its most vulnerable citizens. As an American, I am ashamed that we have turned out backs on millions of our children. I want to do my part to rectify this terrible situation.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Children #Society #Citizens

  • A feminist is a man or woman who already knows for a fact that men and women are qual and wants society to wake up to that fact, so the world can stop operating at half-strength.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Men #Feminist #Half

  • In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace, in marriage, in education and on the playing field. It was a very exciting, rebellious time.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Fighting #Equality #Guitar

  • It's because it was at a time when women didn't have any power. It was so unusual for a young woman in her 20s to have power that I seized the power but tried not to flaunt it.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Power #Unusual #Young

  • I was an educated girl. I'd done very well in school. I had a good point average and graduated from USC as an English teacher. My dad didn't even finish high school.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Girl #Teacher #Dad

  • When I was growing up, my mother was always a friend to my siblings and me (in addition to being all the other things a mom is), and I was always grateful for that because I knew she was someone I could talk to and joke with, and argue with and that nothing would ever harm that friendship.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Mom #Mother #Brother

  • I think loss of loved ones is the hardest blow in life.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Loss #Thinking #Blow

  • I don't think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces you to think it's a choice, but in fact, it's in one's nature. The choice is whether one expresses one's nature truthfully or spends the rest of one's life lying about it.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Nature #Lying #Gay

  • I find that balancing my life with my work with the kids at St. Jude, working on books, working on my career as an actor and taking time out for my husband and family help to cushion a lot of the blows.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Husband #Book #Kids

  • For me, it's the unexpected and surprising combinations of produce that are the most exciting and lure me into the kitchen for a little bit of experimenting. Apples and sweet potatoes together? Who knew? Carrots with grapes? Okay. I may not be Julia Child, but I can do pretty well with a simple recipe and a lot of enthusiasm.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Sweet #Children #Simple

  • Despite our ever-connective technology, neither Skype nor Facebook - not even a telephone call - can come close to the joy of being with loved ones in person.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Technology #Joy #Skype

  • I think that there's got to be a comic gene in some way, but it's so much about it is how you grow up.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Growing Up #Thinking #Way

  • We've been taught to believe that actions speak louder than words. But I think words speak pretty loud all of our lives; we carry these words in our head.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Believe #Thinking #Taught

  • I think in my case, I had no choice but to have a good sense of humor. I grew up with my dad, Danny Thomas, and George Burns and Bob Hope and Milton Berle and Sid Caesar and all those guys were at our house all the time and telling jokes and making each other laugh.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Dad #Thinking #Laughing

  • My mother was a strong-willed and opinionated woman - a Sicilian! - and if she didn't like something, she'd let you know about it. So her undying support of her kids went a long way in proving to us that we were on the right path.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Mother #Strong #Kids

  • Ive always been a champion of kids pursuing their dreams. But sometimes in life, extraordinary circumstances may force us to temporarily put our dreams on hold. The most important thing is to never lose sight of that dream, no matter what punches life may throw in our way.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Dream #Kids #Sight

  • If it's one thing we learned from the first book, it's that you don't have to be a prizefighter, or a world-renowned architect, or a concert violinist to have been affected by the power of words.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Book #World #Firsts

  • You know, theres endorphins in laughter, as there are endorphins in running in the park.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Running #Laughter #Parks

  • As someone who has spent many years marveling at the brilliant and painstaking work of the doctors, scientists and researchers at St. Jude, I can attest firsthand to the bone-deep commitment these men and women have made in their fight against disease. They are at it around the clock - every hour of the day, every day of the year.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Commitment #Fighting #Doctors

  • ... any woman who accepts aloneness as the natural by-product of success is accepting a punishment for a crime she didn't commit. And she is not acknowledging one of the most precious lessons of the women's movement, the lessons of community ... We may not able to tell women that there is safety in freedom. But we certainly can say, with absolute certainty, that for free women, the only safety is in numbers.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Punishment #Numbers #Safety

  • Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there's something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can't help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It's an inspiring time of the year.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Christmas #Children #Memories

  • My father (Danny Thomas) used to tell me there are two kinds of people, the takers and the givers. 'The takers sometimes eat better,' he would say, 'but the givers always sleep better.'
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Father #Sleep #Two

  • [On husband Phil Donahue:] The man does not know the meaning of the word tidy. He asked me one day, 'Where are my shoes?' So I asked him, 'Where are my shoes?' I don't know what it is about men. They think that women have radar attached to our uteruses.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Husband #Men #Thinking

  • Marriage is like a vacuum cleaner. You stick it to your ear and it sucks out all your energy and ambition.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Ambition #Ears #Sticks

  • First you have to have a dream.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Dream #Firsts

  • Nothing is either all masculine or all feminine except having sex.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Sex #Feminine #Masculine

  • Today, all patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude's are treated without regard for the family's ability to pay. Everything beyond what is covered by insurance is taken care of, and for those without insurance, all of the medical costs are absorbed by the hospital.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Taken #Cost #Care

  • What the results are telling them is that the most money is spent in volume by young people. They also see young people as the consumers of tomorrow and are trying to capture their attention from their competitors.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #People #Trying #Attention

  • When I look back at those pictures of my mother performing - and listen to her recordings - it makes me sad to think that all of that joy she found in her work came to an end. I wish she hadn't had to make that sacrifice, even if it was for the benefit of my father and siblings and me.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Mother #Father #Sibling

  • Every child deserves a chance at a life filled with love, laughter, friends and family.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Family #Children #Laughter

  • There are those who think that the private lives of candidates are none of our business. But when those candidates ask us for our attention as they explain their plans for how they will represent us, no one should be surprised at our interest in how they represent themselves.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Thinking #Attention #Should

  • So I still seized the power, but I felt that if I officially made myself the boss, in black and white, it would be too intimidating for the other producers and the other men who worked on the show. In other words, I had the power, but I gave them the title.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Black And White #Power #Men

  • One of the many reasons I love living in New York is that we get a front row seat to the innumerable thrills that take place here - from conventions and awards shows, to parades and U.N. assemblies. But my favorite New York tradition is the annual New Year's Eve ball-drop on Times Square.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #New Year #New York #Awards

  • One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for me is re-watching some of the classic holiday blunders that have been depicted on television. I remember laughing uncontrollably on the set of 'That Girl' back in 1967 when we shot the episode, 'Thanksgiving Comes But Once A Year, Hopefully' during our second season.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Girl #Holiday #Years

  • Living with these teenage boys allowed me to see how much their psyches were like their girl counterparts. They were more familiar to me than I would have thought.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Girl #Teenage #Boys

  • A man has to be Joe McCarthy to be called ruthless. All a woman has to do is put you on hold.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Inspirational #Men #Complaining

  • In that I found being able to talk to my family about my feelings, praying for strength and realizing that our lives have a deep purpose and the journey of our lives is to find out what that is and express it, was the only way I could have gotten through it.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Strength #Journey #Feelings

  • The Golden Girls certainly proved that there was a large audience for a show about older women.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Girl #Golden #Older Women

  • Losing my parents was probably the hardest and deepest blow from which I've had to recover.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Blow #Parent #Losing

  • I know George Burns was a very happy man.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Men #Very Happy

  • The rejection that we all take and the sadness and the aggravation and the loss of jobs and all of the things that we live through in our lives, without a sense of humor, I don't know how people make it.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Jobs #Sadness #Loss

  • I wish someone would have told me that, just because I'm a girl, I don't have to get married.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Girl #Feminist #Wish

  • There's no doubt about it... I was born a feminist.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Feminist #Doubt #Born

  • Every child deserves a chance at a life filled with love, laughter, friends and family. We are working to find the cures that will give these youngsters a fighting chance. When a child or parent faces an uncertain disease like cancer, they can find hope at St. Jude - a place where miracles can and do happen.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Children #Laughter #Cancer

  • As much success came to him, my father stayed true to his promise. He built the hospital to help the most helpless children with catastrophic illnesses.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Children #Father #Promise

  • I raised you to be a thoroughbred. When thoroughbreds run, they wear blinders to keep their eyes focused straight ahead with no distractions, no other horses. They hear the crowd, but they don’t listen. They just run their own race. That’s what you have to do. Don’t listen to anyone comparing you to me or to anyone else. You just run your own race.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Running #Horse #Eye

  • I realize now that I was a feminist and the minute I heard the word I certainly knew it meant me, but at that time I don't think we had the label yet. But there's no doubt about it that I was born a feminist.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Thinking #Feminist #Doubt

  • In my work, there's a tremendous amount of rejection and waves of fertile and fallow times.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Rejection #Wave

  • You really do learn by example... Especially women, sometimes we think somebody's going to rescue us, or somebody's going to teach us how to do it, when in fact we have to understand that the biggest resource we have is inside of ourselves. I know that I can count on me to take care of me. That's a very important thing to know.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Thinking

  • I am extremely grateful for two big gifts from my father. First, my sense of humor - the ability to see the humor in something while it is happening. That has cushioned my life. I am also grateful for the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It has enriched my life and made me a very different person.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Children #Father #Grateful

  • It's fascinating for us women to begin looking at our lives in five-year plans. It really does help you keep on track. If that's too hard, start with a two-year plan.
    -- Marlo Thomas

    #Years #Two #Track