Having starred in more than fifty movies, Elizabeth Taylor is one of film’s most celebrated stars. For more than seven decades we’ve been admiring her beauty, charisma and talent in dealing with emotionally charged characters.

Taylor had performance in her blood as her mother was also an actress until she got married. Young Liz began her career with dancing at the age of three and soon drew the attention of Universal Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She made her screen debut when she was 10 and hypnotized everyone with her striking violet eyes rimmed by dark double eyelashes. Yes…violet. The real deal, no contact lenses.

Elizabeth’s personal life was a subject of constant media attention because of her eight marriages and serious illnesses. She is also known for her devotion to raising money for research to fight HIV/AIDS; in 1991 she launched the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation.

Taylor knew who she was and didn’t make any excuses for it; and since the girl likes her diamonds big, she had one of the most expensive private collections of jewelry.

Here are 15 Elizabeth Taylor quotes that will motivate you to get up and get things done.


Big girls need big diamonds

I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.

The problem with the people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

Success is a great deodorant.

I’ve been pronounced dead and I’ve read my own obituaries. And they were the best reviews I ever read.

I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.

You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.


Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.

It’s not the having, it’s the getting.

I’m a survivor – a living example of what people can go through and survive.

I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up. It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get.


I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.

So much to do, so little done, such things to be.

I don’t entirely approve of some of the things I have done, or am, or have been. But I’m me. God knows, I’m me.

I’ve been through it all, baby, I’m mother courage.