Gabrielle Union, one of Hollywood’s most compassionate and charming actresses, began her career in the 1990s. Ever since, when she smiles, we do too, that’s how contagious her beautiful smile is.

Union recently made her way into the writers world by publishing We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, consisting of a collection of essays. Written in deep humor and truthfulness, the stories treat social issues like gender, power, feminism, color and fame. Gabrielle often refers to her own experiences when talking about beauty standards, bullying, living in the suburbs, puberty and the competition between Hollywood women.

She truly put herself out there with this collection of essays, exposing her vulnerabilities, and thus drawing closer anyone who can relate. We all love it when a public figure shows us that they go through similar experiences and they are not immune to the events that the rest of us face.

By being genuine and empathetic, Union reminds us how important it is to share, be brave, laugh, and support one other. Here are 16 Gabrielle Union quotes to help you remove toxic people from your life and become more self-aware.

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Don’t save your best for when you think the material calls for it. Always bring your full potential to every take, and be on top of your job, or they will replace you.

If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself

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Your world is only as small as you make it.

You have to develop a very thick skin.

We give a lot of others significance in our lives even when they don’t deserve it. It doesn’t matter if they’re family or if you’ve known them forever. If they’re not good for you, they’ve got to go.

When someone who loves and cares about me compliments me, I feel more glamorous than when the flashbulbs are going off on the red carpet.

If someone lacked decency or respect, I didn’t allow that person to stay in my world.

We all have to let go of the Prince Charming complex and realize he doesn’t necessarily exist in the package we assume he’ll come in.

I’m just riding this train as long as I can. As long as I’m having fun, I’ll do it. When it stops being fun, I’ll try something else.

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I’m not going to change the world overnight. It’s one person at a time.

I realized I had been keeping people around even when deep down I knew they were bad for me. I had overridden myself.

I can’t just say one time of the year I’m going to do something different. I have to commit to a lifestyle behavioral change and just try to be a little bit better today than I was yesterday.

I don’t function well in chaos, whether it be my sheets or the dishwasher.

You have to be resilient.

I’m not sensitive, I’m not a weepy person.

The guys I tended to date, you know, didn’t necessarily have it altogether but I had a great time.