Top Carrie Fisher Quotes on Mental Illness, Star Wars & Life

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Carrie Fisher Quotes Remind Us Why We’ll Miss Her

Carrie Fisher’s fans were saddened today by the death of the beloved actress, author and mental health advocate who passed away at 60 years of age. Always open about her own struggles with bipolar disorder, these Carrie Fisher quotes about mental illness, the entertainment industry and life in general ring with even more poignancy after her death.


Carrie Fisher Quotes

Carrie Fisher Quotes on Mental Illness

1. “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”

2. “I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital . . . [bipolar disorder is a] roar of energy in the brain.”

“Better me than you.”

3. “The only lesson for me, or for anybody, is that you have to get help. It’s not a neat illness. It doesn’t go away.”

4. “One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. . . .at times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.”

5. “I’m very sane about how crazy I am.”


Carrie Fisher Quotes on Acting and Star Wars

6. “I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.”

7. “You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.”

8. “People are still asking me if I knew Star Wars was going to be that big of a hit. Yes, we all knew. The only one who didn’t know was George.”

9. “You’re not really famous until you’re a Pez dispenser.”

10. “It’s a man’s world and show business is a man’s meal, with women generously sprinkled through it like overqualified spice.”

11. “Leia follows me like a vague smell.”

12. “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’”

13. “People see me and they squeal like tropical birds or seals stranded on the beach.”

Carrie Fisher Quotes on Life

14. “My life is like a lone, forgotten Q-Tip in the second-to-last drawer.”

15. “If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.”

16. “I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.”

17. “No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.”

18. “I shot through my twenties like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination: Nowhere.”

19.”You know what’s funny about death? I mean other than absolutely nothing at all? You’d think we could remember finding out we weren’t immortal. Sometimes I see children sobbing airports and I think, ‘Aww. They’ve just been told.'”

Carrie Fisher Quotes on Love and Relationships

20. “I’ve got to stop getting obsessed with human beings and fall in love with a chair. Chairs have everything human beings have to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need. Less emotional feedback, less warmth, less approval, less patience, and less response. The less the merrier. Chairs it is. I must furnish my heart with feelings for furniture.”

21. “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

22. “I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.”

23. “I envy people who have the capacity to sit with another human being and find them endlessly interesting, I would rather watch TV. Of course this becomes eventually known to the other person.”

24. “Someone has to stand still for you to love them. My choices are always on the run.”


25. “The only thing worse than being hurt is everyone knowing that you’re hurt.”

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