“I would love to quit acting, but I am aware I can do more good as an actress than just working in the field. That is something I have to accept. I am more successful as an actress and an activist than just as an activist.”

“I am still at heart – and always will be – just a punk kid with tattoos, and I can’t ever understand how I’m allowed in certain buildings, security-wise. To actually realize that you don’t have to have an amazing education and perfect grades, that you can be valuable in this world – that seems so foreign to me. I’ve realized that if you speak from the heart and you really, truly care about something, you do have a place. If you really care… that’s enough. That was a really nice discovery for me.”

“Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

“A relationship is — is not about having fun together. It’s not about hiding behind each other and trying to protect each other. But it’s about having a shared view of what you want to create and what you want to do in this world.

I need to feel strongly with Brad about how we raise our children, about what we think is right and wrong in the world, what we think is worth fighting for. And if you have that same view, then you can go through anything. I mean you — when you die one day, you look back at your life and you went on the right journey together and the same journey.”

“And barefoot or first thing in the morning, I feel beautiful. Because I feel like me. I didn’t always feel that way, but I feel that way now. When somebody just loves you, and when you make somebody happy, when your presence seems to make them happy, you suddenly feel like the most beautiful person in the world.”

“I’ve always wanted to be really curvy. I need to exercise soon because my body looks like a 12-year-old’s when I don’t. I’m starting to lose my butt, and my arms look pathetic.”

“We never wanted our kids to be actors. But we also wanted them to be around film and part of Mommy and Daddy’s life and not be kept from it either. If and when they decide to be actors when they are older, I would ask that acting not be the center of their lives, because I don’t think it is healthy.”

“Well, at 14 I was a little, like, ‘Don’t touch me!’ and that doesn’t really help when you’re having sex. A lot of it came from trying to get out all the pain that was inside me. You can’t join a war, so you have this weird war with yourself. Now, everything is just different.”

“I got a knock on my door when I was in hair and make-up. I’d forgotten the nominations were being announced; I think I blocked it out. They just opened the door, a bunch of people holding a phone, all very happy and emotional. It was really nice.”
– Angelina’s reaction to her Oscar Nomination for Girl, Interrupted (1999).

“Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from over mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.”

“I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed my way that are strong women. It’s like people see Hackers and they send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear no bra and a little tank top. I’d like to play strong women who are also very feminine.”

“There’s a reason why nobody’s ever seen me in a short skirt. I’m like everybody else; I don’t think I have a great body. Also, I tend to sit like a man, so short skirts are not a good idea.”

“Everybody wants to feel useful. I was never completely fulfilled to just be an actress. Being a mother has made an enormous difference in my life. I have learned I love being a mom. I know that having Maddox in my life has made me a better person and I think it has made me a better actor.”

“Growing up, I was never around babies or even small children. I’d never held a baby except once in a film, yet I longed to be a mother. Before Maddox came into my life, I was often fearless to the point of stupidity. I’m an adrenalin junkie so I loved doing my own stunts on movies. It often verged on being suicidal. Now that he’s in my life, I can’t ever be self-destructive again. Before Maddox, nothing seemed real and honest enough. That’s why I put myself in danger. With Maddox in my life, I don’t need any of that anymore. He makes me feel deep, wonderful emotions. He makes me want to be alive.”

“I’ve watched Maddox play with other children. I think having siblings will be great for him. If I were to have a (biological) child, that would mean a child somewhere in the world would not be adopted, and there are far too many of those children waiting for parents.”

“Basically, every character I’ve ever played is me. There are, like, 40 people inside me, and I just take away 39 of them for a particular role.”

“People will always say all sorts of stuff. Let them. I’m enjoying my life.”

“True love and passion is not something exclusive to a relationship between a man and a woman. I could fall in love with another woman. I don’t think it’s unnatural at all.”

“I was actually quite a cool kid. I was not tough. I was certainly independent and bold. I was never teased. I never had any trouble from anybody… I was never satisfied. I had trouble sleeping. I didn’t really fit. I always feel that I’m searching for something deeper, something more… You want to meet other people that challenge you with ideas or with power or with passion. I wanted to live very fully. I wanted to live many lives and explore many things.”

“Not many people know this about me but I’m a natural blonde. My hair went from light blonde naturally to a darker kind of blonde. My mother dyed my hair dark when I was a child as I loved the look then. So I’m basically a natural blonde.”

“My natural color is dark blonde. But when I was four or five, my mother dyed my hair dark brown, and she decided to keep it that way. And I stuck with that.”

“I’ve always seen myself as this goofy, odd little person and I’m really klutzy.”

About Dumbo (1941) being one of her favorite movies:
“I think everybody has a certain something about them. Maybe Dumbo was always laughed at for the things that were strange about him. And eventually he was proud of them. That’s what made him fly.”

“If a person is a little crazy I find that sexy.”

“I went back to school to learn how to direct, and working on projects with my brother taught me a lot. I’m also doing some writing at the moment. It’s going well, but my problem is that I’ve got a whole bunch of characters I know what they eat and drink and how they live, but I don’t seem to have a plot for them at the moment.”

“I also think scars and mistakes are sexy – I don’t like perfect, plastic looks.”

“Yeah. At the same time! Which is just confusing the issue, because I may love women–I have loved women in my life–but I don’t cheat on them! [Laughter] I am, in fact, a one-at-a-time kind of person.”

“I’m an adrenalin junkie, which is kind of convenient because I’m making a living out of it.”

“The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can’t have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I’d rather not be in a cage. I’d rather be dead. And it’s real simple. And I think it’s not that uncommon.”

“I think every teenager is a hero. When we are young we feel so much pain. Go to school is like going to war, people let you down all the time. Sometimes it’s very, very difficult to stay strong, but you have to.”

“If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.”

That’s the reason we kind of exist. It’s like our Job. To give to each other. And learn from each other. To capture moments of people. So it’s really strange to have somebody ignore the obvious human being right in front of them.”

“Like when you stop at Baskin-Robbins and get a cone with sprinkles and sit in the car singing along to Elvis on the radio. Its an absolutely necessary thing to do, because you can.”

I’m extremely honest, and I pride myself on it. I don’t try to be shocking. I’m playful, and I know when something I’m saying is maybe shocking, but it’s just the truth, I never wanted to be scary to people or upsetting to people. I simply want to live the way I need to live.

“I didn’t really want to live, so anything that was an investment in time made me angry… but also I just felt sad. When the hopelessness is hurting you, it’s the fixtures and fittings that finish you off. ”

“Everybody went crazy when I went shopping alone at Harrods the other day. I was like; what the hell? Nothing has changed in my life and nothing is going to and I think that’s a choice you make.”

“It’s all or nothing with my makeup. If I get dressed up, I’ll go to an extreme. I’ll wear foundation, bright blue or bright red lipstick with one of my weird purple wigs.”

“I am always on top. It’s really unfortunate. I am begging for the man that can put me on the bottom. Or the woman. Anybody that can take me down.”

“Oh, God, well, I don’t know if it’s divorced families or what, but he and I were each other’s everything, always, we’ve been best friends, He’s the sweetest human being I know. He’s a good person, and he’s just given me so much love, and taken care of me and, you know, it makes life great.”

“It’s alright. It’s a part of life… I lost my mom. It’s a natural thing for a child to lose a parent. I lost my mom too young, but it happened. And I’m happy she’s out of pain, because I love her and she’s my friend.”

“We can die at anytime so we must live fully in the moment.”

“Honestly, I like everything. Boyish girls, girlish boys, the heavy and the skinny.”

“I’m happy being myself, which I’ve never been before. I always hid in other people, or tried to find myself through the characters, or live out their lives, but I didn’t have those things in mine.”

“I think all women go through periods where we hate this about ourselves, we don’t like that. It’s great to get to a place where you dismiss anything you’re worried about. I find flaws attractive. I find scars attractive.”

“I felt beautiful when I was in Cambodia. I was sweaty, and my hair was matted and all over the place. And I was happy and hot and accomplishing a lot and running around, and I could feel my heart beating, and I felt beautiful. And barefoot or first thing in the morning, I feel beautiful. Because I feel like me. I didn’t always feel that way, but I feel that way now. When somebody just loves you, and when you make somebody happy, when your presence seems to make them happy, you suddenly feel like the most beautiful person in the world.”

“I never like being touched, ever. People used to say I held my breath when they were hugging me. I still do. But I’ve never liked… Everybody thought I was really sexual.”

“It may sound cliché, but when you feel beautiful and strong on the inside, it shows on the outside.”

“I don’t want to be that person in the spotlight. I’m much more at home sitting with the sound guys and the grips, in my boots, working.”

“I never felt settled or calm. You can’t really commit to life when you feel that.”

“If being sane is thinking there’s something wrong with being different… I’d rather be completely fucking mental.”

“I probably would have married Jenny Shimizu if I hadn’t married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her.”

“Before I die, I wanna taste everyone in the world.”

“I think I connect to people who could be written off as wild or dark, or who are just full of fire and looking for a place to put that fire. It’s an important lesson to learn, and it’s something I did learn: you live on behalf of others and you’re happier and you have purpose. And you have a great excuse to have all that fire.”

“I would like to be open with the public. I would like to not keep secrets or be careful when I talk. I don’t want to have to plan things…I want to be outspoken. I want to say my opinions and I hope they’re taken in the right way. I don’t want to stop being free. And I won’t.”

“I was open about it because I wanted people to know that I had been with a woman. I spoke about it because I had found something wonderful and I thought pepole should know my experience was very real, very normal and there were alot of things I learnt. It was beautiful and different so I thought I’d share it, but people decided to make it shocking.”

“I don’t believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free.”

“I think I’m going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years, anyway, too much to manage at home. I have enjoyed being an actress. I am so grateful to the job and I have had great experiences and I have even be able to tell stories and be a part of stories that mattered and I have done things for fun, but… I will do some films and I am so fortunate to have the job, it’s a really lucky profession to be a part of and I enjoy it. But if it went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be home with the children. I wake up in the morning as a mum and I turn on the news like everybody else and I see what’s happening and I want to be part of the world in a positive way.”

“It was nice for me to play with other girls; I don’t really have girlfriends in movies, if you’ve noticed. Well, I have a few girlfriends, I just… I stay at home a lot. I’m just not very social. I don’t do a lot with them, and I’m very homebound. I’ll talk to my family, I talk to Brad… But I don’t know, I don’t have a lot of friends I talk to. He is really the only person I talk to.”

“We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly… Only after we have lost everything, are we free to do anything… Throw things out there and not be perfect and not have answers to anything and see if people understand”

“Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.”

“Therapy? I don’t need that. The roles that I choose are my therapy.”

“If I didn’t have my films as an outlet for all the different sides of me, I would probably be locked up.”

“Everyone got kinda crazy with me mentioning I was in love with a woman”

“Sometimes I’ll watch TV and go into a lotion trance for an hour. I try to find brands that don’t taste bad in case anyone wants to taste me.”

“I do have tattoos and I do wear leather, but there are other sides of me that my films express.”

“This is going to sound insane, but there was a time when I was going to hire somebody to kill me.”

“Thats the reason we kind of exist. Its like our job. To give to eachother. And learn from eachother. To capture the moments of people. So, I find it really strange to have somebody ignore the obvious human being right in front of them.”

“There’s something about death that is comforting. The thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now.”

“There’s certainly a side of me that isn’t completely… sane. Or completely ‘even’ all the time. We all have our dark sides.”

“I’m so nervous, I’m about to fall over…”

“I’ve collected weapons since I was a little girl.”

“If you have enough people sitting around telling you you’re wonderful, then you start believing you’re fabulous, then someone tells you you stink and you believe that too!”

“We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly… Only after we have lost everything, are we free to do anything… Throw things out there and not be perfect and not have answers to anything and see if people understand.”

“I’ve realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong was or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When I get logical and I don’t trust my instincts – That’s when I get in trouble”

“Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me, it’s unbelievable!”

“I know I present myself as many things, I’m very sexual, yet I’ve always been monogamous. I feel both masculine and feminine. I understand that side of men that excompasses the lone person. I have the restless spirit of a man.”

“Looking for a very secret, very straight night of reckless abandon to do all the things I’ve never done before. Shock me and keep it private.”

“I wish I could find people who just would fight me and break through to me and hold me down and scream their life into my face.”

“You know, we all need to just wake up excited about life. I just want to do the job I always wanted to do since I was a little girl, and live in peace with family and people I love, and just be silly and collect T-shirts from gas stations and go on road trips and eat popcorn in the middle of the night and watch TV. That’s all I want, you know?”

“I grew up in front of everybody, really. The big years of exploration. There was a certain madness I was going through. I learned a lot about myself. People tend to sum up times in your life and simplify.”

“I would say there’s a way of being bold when you’re young that seems very brave… What’s perceived as tough is a very funny thing. I think to be a parent is one of the scariest, boldest things to do, as opposed to, um, getting a tattoo… Much more than jumping into a pool when you’re 20.”F

“Making a movie is like discovering you have a fatal illness-you live and love twice as deeply. Then it’s over and you shed it like a snake sheds its skin.”

“He made me a better person. I’ve learned so much from him, as you do when you come together with another person. You both make each other better. You both learn about the best of each other, and recognize the things where you’re failing, or where you need to step up. When it’s a great partnership, you really are patient with each other.”
– On Brad Pitt

“I wasn’t laughing very much in my life about anything and kind of always would see people with kids, or married or in love and thought, ‘That’s great. Not my life.’ And I wish I could have that, but I am never going to have that because I am all over the place and I’m never going to be calm or stable or normal or safe.”

“I’m getting a wrinkle above my eyebrow because I just can’t stop lifting it, and I love that you know.”

“Be brave, be bold, be free.”

“There was a time when I was really going to give up acting… Right after Foxfire. I was trying to find characters with a certain strength and things going on, but I was always disappointed. Wallace was the first thing I did where I felt their ideas were better than mine.”

“But there are very few people that can hold me in a way, to look at them and talk to me. And to make me cry, and talk to me about my life. And also to say, get out there, I believe in you. Go, go, go. And get me to go, and go to get my life together. And for me to want to come back and say, look what I did.”

“I usually try to look for something I haven’t done before, a side of me that I haven’t completely explored. There’s a truth in acting, and there is a very real part of me that can understand that or can believe in that or can see the beauty of that or see the ugliness in that and the statement that needs to be made. So it’s all kind of me.”

“I don’t have to put a dress on; I’m not going to be putting on any make-up, walking down the red carpet. I’m going to be in the middle of Africa – watching giraffes run across the field – and couldn’t be happier.”
– Angelina on not attending to Awards shows one year.

“I don’t see myself as beautiful, because I can see a lot of flaws. People have really odd opinions. They tell me I’m skinny, as if that’s supposed to make me happy.”

“The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can’t have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I’d rather not be in a cage. I’d rather be dead. And it’s real simple. And I think it’s not that uncommon.”

“Because I am a bad girl, people always automatically think that I am a bad girl. Or that I carry a dark secret with me or that I’m obsessed with death. The truth is that I am probably the least morbid person one can meet. If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do.”

“Wherever I am, I find myself looking out of the window, wishing I was somewhere else.”

“That’s why the bad things in life have to be accepted just like the good things. Life’s a two-bladed knife, after all.”

“You can hide or you can go through things and talk openly. I feel nurtured by other people by shouting out my feelings, and, in doing that, I’ve got to know people on such a huge level.”

“I’ve told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I wouldn’t kill him because I love his children and they need a dad. But I would beat him up. I know where all of his sports injuries are. And I’d beat her, too!”
– on if she ever caught her then husband Billy Bob Thornton cheating

“I’m angry. I’m sad. It’s a very difficult and sad time. It was a real deep connection, a deep marriage, so it’s not that simple to say this or that one thing caused the problems. It’s clear to me that our priorities shifted overnight. He’s focused on his music and career. I’m focused on my baby. It comes down to what’s important to you.”
– on her split from husband Billy Bob Thornton

“I feel like we’re here to learn about each other. Sometimes, I think I’m too passionate, but that’s the only way I know how to exist.”

“They’re right to think that about me, because I’m the person most likely to sleep with my female fans, I genuinely love other women. And I think they know that.”

“When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire.”

“You’re young, you’re drunk, you’re in bed, you have knives; shit happens.”

“There’s something about death that is comforting. The thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now.”

“I’ve been reckless, but I’m not a rebel without a cause.”

“I haven’t touched a knife in a really long time-I don’t need one, I don’t want one. Mind you, I will be doing Tomb Raider, and I will probably throwing them. But I was 14. I was like a real punk kid, and I was going out of my mind. And then sex was boring and I was working and…”

Quotes from 00’s and earlier

“When I was a little girl I wanted to be Indiana Jones and I never think of women as not being strong.”