The red-headed Charlie’s angel, Drew Barrymore, is a renowned American actress, producer and Hollywood survivor.

Coming from a family of actors, Barrymore achieved fame as a child. She made her big screen debut at the age of four in Ken Russell’s Altered States, then, at the age of seven, Drew landed one of her most famous roles in Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extraterrestrial.

As a teenager, the young actress was expected to act like an adult. Under that pressure she began to succumb to a destructive lifestyle defined by drugs, alcohol, and too much partying. She was later placed in a rehab center, cleaned herself up and wrote about the awful experiences in her autobiography, Little Girl Lost.

Barrymore’s reputation as a troubled child, negatively impacted her career for many years. Everyone thought she is just another failed child star so film projects were slow to materialize. Fortunately, in the late 90s, Drew began working steadily again and slowly managed to gain a reputation as America’s new sweetheart. 

Drew Barrymore has overcome great adversity and she is an example of pure resilience. We all sometimes make bad decisions, but the important thing is to correct them.

Here are 22 Drew Barrymore quotes that will help you rise above adversity. 


In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.

There’s something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.

There’s a hunger and a fervor that I have, but there’s no person I’m going to push to the side to get where I’m going. I want to create my own road.

When I lay my head on the pillow at night I can say I was a decent person today. That’s when I feel beautiful.

Love is the one uniting, relatable thing in everyone’s life. It’s what we all want and struggle with and fight for.

I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.

Kisses, even to the air, are beautiful.

If you are going to go through hell…I suggest you come back learning something.

I am fundamentally happy. Everyone has experiences that makes them cynical, jaded or unhappy – you just have to fight those things off. 

You can be a warrior and be full of grace and class.

If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.

It’s only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning.

Happiness is a choice. You have to choose it – and you have to fight for it.

I’m not insecure. I’ve been through way too much f**king sh*t to be insecure. I’ve got huge balls. But I’ve been humbled. That makes you grateful for every day you have.

Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.


I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.

My lesson here was you do not give up. You hold yourself accountable. You stay grateful. You hold on tight to your friends.

The way things have gone in my life, sure, I could have been a bitter person. But I just find bitter people really un-fun, you know? And who wants to be that person?

We may not be able to do them all, but it is a safe place to dream. And sometimes, if you really work hard enough, dreams come true.

It’s ironic that we rush through being ‘single’ as if it’s some disease or malady to get rid of or overcome.

Be authentic. Be yourself. And most important of all… make it personal.

A stable, loving family is something that should absolutely, fundamentally never ever be taken for granted.