Elizabeth Taylor—chances are, you recognize the name. Not only was she a well-known actress, humanitarian, and style icon, but she’s still widely known for her romantic life, passion-filled relationships, and big heart. She loved and loved hard. Can we blame her?!
As a die-hard romantic myself, I love reading her quotes. They’re packed with a punch and always hit me straight in the heart. This newly-released book, Pocket Elizabeth Taylor Wisdom: Witty and Wise Words from a True Icon, shares Elizabeth’s best advice on life, love, and heartache.
This book has compiled Elizabeth’s truths about what love really is and how to be with someone (because well, let’s face it, she knew the drill).
Sure, we all love the warm-and-fuzzy feelings we get from a cutesy romance quote, but anyone who’s really been in love knows that a relationship is more than sunshine and rainbows. Beyond the honeymoon stage, there’s fighting to get to know one another, to stay close, and to get through the trials and triumphs of everyday life.
Elizabeth’s words will make you laugh, smile, nod, and simultaneously want to get your life together.
Here’s the 21 best quotes from the book. And if you’re interested, you can buy the full-length right here.
“I am glad that in my life I have never cut short my emotions. The most awful thing of all is to be numb.”
“It is not true that I like animals more than people. But they come a very close second. There is no bullsh*t about them.”
“I think having a fight, an out and out outrageous, ridiculous fight is one of the greatest exercises in marital togetherness.”
“As a girl, my mother told me I’m nice looking and that I have pretty eyes, but it’s not your eyes…it’s the expression behind your eyes that will make you truly beautiful.”
”All I see in the mirror every morning is a face that needs washing.”
“I’ve always been very aware of the inner me that has nothing to do with the physical me.”
“I believe in life and I’ll fight for it. I believe you have to put up your dukes and fight, even if you don’t know what you’re fighting against.”
”Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind.”
”I think marriage does give a sense of oneness that just being together can’t.”
“I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed, too — for being married so many times.”
“If it is love, it must encompass everything. The faults as well as the things you are proud of, and one has to be tolerant of one’s intolerancies.”
“If I love someone, I love them always.”
“I don’t dwell on the miserable. I skirt around that. Give it a wave. Wave goodbye and concentrate on the good things.”
“There can be no love without respect.”
“How can anything bad come out of love? The bad stuff comes out of mistrust, misunderstanding and God knows from hate and from ignorance.”
“When I have fallen in love it’s always ended up being a marrying kind of love.”
“Those against gay marriages say marriage should only be between a man and a woman. God… I of all people know that that doesn’t always work!”
“Every day we need to tell someone we love them. Touch them. Thank them for being. It’s so important.”
“You cannot have passion of any kind unless you have compassion.”
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.”
“If you hear of me getting married [again], slap me!”