Forget Rules, I'm Following These Winona Ryder Quotes From Now On

Winona Ryder in 'Girl Interrupted' looking shocked with a pixie hair cut
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Why Haven't We Been Shouting These Winona Ryder Quotes from The Rooftops?!

She's one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood. And now we should listen to her iconic quotes.

If you loved Heathers or currently binge watch Stranger Things then you know how talented Winona Ryder really is. Take a peak at some of her wise words regarding aging, mental health, and of course, the entertainment industry.

Take some time to check in with the one and only Winona Ryder and read her wise quotes below!

Winona Ryder Quotes

  • "You've got to grow up sometime."

  • "Looking back, and this is all in retrospect, I did have a lot of success and a lot of great opportunities earlier in my career. But I did also have this thing that was sort of happening in my late twenties where, whether it was because of how I looked or because I started so young, even though I was the right age for things, people didn't think that I was old enough."

  • "I’m not into older guys… to tell you the truth, Richard Gere is not the sexiest man alive, in my book."

  • "You can’t pay enough money to cure that feeling of being broken and confused."

  • "I’ve learned that it’s okay to be flawed, that life can be messy, that some days you glide and some days you fall, but most important, that there are no secret answers out there."

  • "Break-ups are hard for anybody, but it’s particularly tough when it’s being documented and you see the person’s picture everywhere. Most people don’t have that added problem when they break up with someone."

  • "I was regarded as the school freak which further reinforced a lot of inhibitions and doubts I had about myself. I was a shy, frightened teenager for a long time."

  • "Remember, I’m the kind of kid who used to get stuffed into a locker by school bullies. I’ve never felt like I’m a big star at any level of my life."

  • "You try to get out there and live. I’ve always had good friends who’ve been very supportive and help make me feel good and grounded because I’ve never felt attached to the film industry."

  • "It's an indication of how cynical our society has become that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically ridiculed as sentimental junk."

The Best Winona Ryder Quotes

  • "I have this sense that I didn't really start growing up until my twenties."

  • "I feel my best when I'm happy."

  • "I was very lucky because Tim Burton really gave me a career. I don't think Hollywood would've known what to do with me. If I hadn't done 'Beetlejuice,' I think I would've just gone back to my school."

  • "The older you get, the more yourself you can be and the less worried you are about what other people think."

  • "For a long time, I was almost ashamed of being an actress. I felt like it was a shallow occupation. People would be watching my every move."

  • "Like, I'm nineteen. What am I supposed to do, play a judge?!"

  • "My father is an atheist. My mother is Buddhist. They encouraged my siblings and me to take the best part of other religions to make our own belief system."

  • "I still practice Buddhism to a certain extent and I believe in karma."

  • "Focus should be on the art of film, not on the business of film."

  • "What's awful about being famous and being an actress is when people come up to you and touch you. That's scary, and they just seem to think it's okay to do it, like you're public property."

Winona Ryder Quotes

  • "When you finally accept that it’s okay not to have answers and it’s okay not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being."

  • "The 1980s was the era of the blonde cheerleader."

  • "I want to be a good friend, a good sister, a good person and a good actress."

  • "My home is San Francisco - that is definitely what I consider my home."

  • "You go through spells where you feel that maybe you're too sensitive for this world. I certainly felt that."

  • "I love watching old movies, and I read a lot of autobiographies."

  • "I went from weirdo teenager to pixie waif to them not knowing what the hell to do with me."

  • "It's great concentrating so hard you feel your brain will explode."

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