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    I don't know how to explain how, probably to my detriment, unselfpromoting I am. I used to have a cabaret act and I didn't even like to tell me people about that. I really hate selling myself.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  hate 
     
    I never have time to have a dinner. I have to eat while I'm memorizing lines. The only way to maintain energy is to eat all day long. I must eat all day long.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  energy 
     
    When you work on a movie, especially an independent movie, it's a lot of work to make it! It's not just our job as actors - so many people are working so hard, and even the littlest movie takes a lot of work.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  work  job  movie 
     
    I like playing sort-of-crazy people. There's something really, really fun about that.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  fun 
     
    If I were to work with my mom, I probably would not want her to play my mom. That would get too real.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: work  real 
     
    I've always had a really great time being in movies and writing music when I get home. The more creative I am, the more it feeds into other creative aspects of my life.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  movie  music  writing  creative 
     
    If you can make a character likable that's not very nice, that's the challenge of the job.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: character  challenge  job 
     
    The first album I bought with my own money was 'A Hard Day's Night.'
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: night  money 
     
    I did go through this period where girls would be mean and I had a lot of guy friends. But I've found as an adult the importance of having female and male friends.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: friends  adult  girls 
     
    I'm not playing a comedy. I want to be playing the truth of the moment, and then have the comedy come out.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: truth  comedy  moment 
     
    There are a lot of actors who will sit here and talk to you about characters - 'He does this, and she's a really interesting character because she does this.' I'm not like that at all. I'm not an actory actor.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: character 
     
    My mom told me when I get compliments to cover my ears.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: compliment 
     
    Making movies, you're like an independent contractor - you come in, you have a specific job, and a lot of what you do is completely manipulated, which is good and bad.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: job  bad  movie 
     
    For those of you who tried, but didn't make it, Settle down it's never what you think. The summit doesn't differ from the deep, dark valley, And the valley doesn't differ from the kitchen sink.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: dark 
     
    For those of you who thought you'd be forgotten, The friends you've made will try their best, to make it so. Think of all the beauty that you left behind you. You can take it if you want it, and then let it go...
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: beauty  thoughts  friends 
     
    We are all made of air There's stars in my eyes and there's sun in my hair And I'm runnin' away, it makes me feel better
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: star  eyes 
     
    For me, writing is 75 percent procrastinating and 25 percent actually sitting down and working.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: writing 
     
    California is a great big nation of one They never knew what they wanted 'til it was already gone
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: gone 
     
    Well I know that you worry a lot about Things you cant control There are so many things wed like to have But we just cannot hold You've got to be kind to yourself You've got to be kind to yourself
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: control  worries 
     
    I've been writing music since I was about eight. I would write sporadically. I wrote a lot of music in high school. I guess the oldest song on the record ("I Thought I Saw Your Face") is about eight years old. It's the old "I had my whole life to write my first album and six months to write the second one." I did, to some degree, but actually, a lot of the songs that ended up on the record, I wrote really recently. So it varies.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: thoughts  song  music  school  writing  write  year 
     
    Modern recording has made it so that people can spend forever taking shortcuts and making everything uniform, but that strips music of what makes it exciting.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  forever  music 
     
    It's very much a piece of myself when I write a song. I don't mean to say it's very personal, like the lyrics mean something personal to me. When I write a song, that's my taste in music - my taste in chord progressions and melodies.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: personal  song  music  write  lyrics 
     
    When I exercise, I like to take lots of different classes because I want to really apply myself and feel like I'm learning a new skill. Not that I ever want to have to demonstrate any of those skills!
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: learning  exercise 
     
    When you have endless time, you take all day to go to the grocery store. But, if you have to be at work for 14 hours a day, you manage your time better. I know I do.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  work 
     
    You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what's acceptable is a lot larger than what people believe.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I would say I know nothing about the music business, in a nice sort of way. I totally forgot I was in that music video. That's so funny.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: funny  music  business 
     
    You go to something like the Golden Globes, and it's the most glamorous place you could ever be, but then you go home and you're still like, 'Urgh, this dress is too tight, I wanna take off these shoes and put on my pyjamas.' At the end of the night all the glamour goes away and you're just a human.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: human  night 
     
    It's great, because we've had some really great people playing with us who really have studied the record and been able to recreate a lot of what was done. But I would need a choir of eight, probably, to do all of the backup vocals.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people 
     
    Women I admired growing up - Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep - were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny - much, much too skinny. You can't Pilates to that.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: women  beautiful 
     
    You can't expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I've personally never wanted to be 'the babe', and refuse to let vanity get in the way of my acting because I don't see my job as being a beautiful person.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  beautiful  job 
     
    I know a lot of people that have had fake Twitters... actors and musicians that I know. It's sort of a problem. There are all these people that sign up thinking that they're getting somebody's real thoughts when it's just some guy.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    The average person tells a few white lies.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  lies 
     
    Yeah, well, we were looking for something sort of anonymous. It suggests what it is, but I like that it's modest. I feel like that's an underrated virtue. It's modest and it's kind of anonymous, which I liked, because it reminds me of my own ideas about why music should be played, which is not to be a star. That was never my intention.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: star  virtue  music  ideas 
     
    I like old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I'm an old-fashioned gal.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: comedy  movie 
     
    I would watch 'Wizard of Oz,' like every day, when I was two. I had a hard time understanding that I couldn't go into the film, because it felt so real to me.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  understanding  real  film 
     
    I think every year I become happier because I become more comfident and more comfortable in my own skin.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: year 
     
    I don't think I'm very much like anyone else, really. I'm sure there are aspects of other actors that I share, but I don't see anybody else and go, "Damn, they stole my thing." I'm me, and I like that there are people who have an appreciation for that.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I can't go on Gawker. I actually think the writing is really funny, but there is a chance that somebody is undercutting me.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: chance  funny  writing 
     
    I feel like songwriting is an experiment in empathy.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: empathy 
     
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