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Thursday Thirteen #114: Quotes from Sophia Loren

October 10th, 2007

1. I can’t bear being seen naked. I’m not exactly a tiny woman. When Sophia Loren is naked, this is a lot of nakedness.

2. I still like me, inside and out. Not in a vain way— I just feel good in my skin.

3. It is very important for an actor or actress to look around at everything and everyone and never forget about real life.

4. I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.

5. I am against all war.

6. When I was a child, fear was common to my life— fear of having nothing to eat, fear of the other children taunting me at school because I was illegitimate, and particularly fear of the big bombers appearing overhead and dropping their lethal bursts from the sky.

7. To prepare for the part I opened the sluices of my memory, letting the bombing raids, the nights in the tunnel, the killings, the rapes and starvation and inhumanity wash back over me. I particularly concentrated on my mother as I remembered her during the war, her fears, connivances and sacrifices, and especially the way she fiercely protected us against the scourges of the war. (On her role in “Two Women”)

8. I was blessed with a sense of my own destiny. I have never sold myself short. I have never judged myself by other people’s standards. I have always expected a great deal of myself, and if I fail, I fail myself.

9. You have to be born a sex symbol. You don’t become one. If you’re born with it, you’ll have it even when you’re 100 years old.

10. For me, it is good to be vulnerable. It makes me nice… weak sometimes, but in a good way, not a tragic way.

11. Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

12. Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.

13. After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

(and two bonus quotes:)

* If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.

* When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.

(Do you love the Thursday Thirteen? I do.)


  1. Damozel says

    Oh for the days when Sophia was the feminine ideal….

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  2. Malcolm says

    The beauty of Sophia Loren… yet another reason to like spaghetti. She is living proof that a woman can still be sexy even after she’s AARP eligible.

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  3. Twisted Cinderella says

    Wow! I have always loved this woman but I love her even more that I have read this.

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  4. WFM says

    Oh I love spaghetti too! Great list!

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  5. Nicholas says

    Shame about #1. I rather wish she felt differently.

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  6. Janet says

    #11 cracked me UP!

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  7. Wolfie says

    Ooo..I really understand #15…now tat I’m a mother..I do think twice in many things..

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  8. amypalko says

    What a fabulous woman. I particularly like the one about spaghetti!
    My TT post is up here is you want to check it out.
    Happy TT

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  9. Gattina says

    OK ! from now on I will eat Spaghettis for breakfast, lunch and dinner ! and then I invite you all to see the difference, lol !

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  10. Dane Bramage says

    She is quite a woman and such insight. Quotes must be a popular theme this week in TT land.

    My Thursday Thirteen #51 The old Hollywood Squares Q&A Edition is up. Stop by if you get a chance.

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  11. Vixen says

    All great, but I love #1. I have the same issue! Happy TT, WM

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  12. J. Lynne says

    One smart cookie, that one. :) Happy TT!

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  13. karen says

    love sophia!

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  14. LuAnn says

    My favorites are #1 and the 1st “bonus” quote.:)

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  15. Terra says

    I don’t even know who this person is, and I like her anyway! Very inspirational quotes.

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  16. edj says

    Awesome quotes! I love Sophia. Where did you find all these? A wise sex symbol–now doesn’t that sound like an oxymoron to you?

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  17. Tink says

    Thanks for visiting my Yeats TT last week. I’ve been away for the weekend, so I’m very late to return the favour!

    October 16th, 2007 | #

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