Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

Two of the saddest words in the English language are, 'What party?' And L.A. is the 'What party?' capital of the world.

I think that the truth is a really stern taskmistress.

Along with aging comes life experience, so in every way that is consistent with even being human, Leia has changed.

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

I am a very discreet human when it comes to other people.

I don't like looking at myself. I have such bad body dysmorphia.

There's a line I have that our family was designed more for public than for private. But there are definitely some things that are only mine. I am someone who dreams at night, and you don't know what I'm dreaming.

I always wrote. I wrote from when I was 12. That was therapeutic for me in those days. I wrote things to get them out of feeling them, and onto paper. So writing in a way saved me, kept me company. I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn't know.

It creates community when you talk about private things.

Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.

I'm very sane about how crazy I am.

I always kept a diary - not a diary like, 'Dear Diary, we got up at 5 A.M., and I wore the weird hair again and that white dress! Hi-yeee!' I'd just write.

If my life wasn't funny, it would just be true, and that's unacceptable.

In the Fifties, my parents were known as 'America's sweethearts'. Their pictures graced the covers of all the newspapers. They were the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston of their day.

My comfort wasn't the most important thing - my getting through to the other side of difficult feelings was. However long it might seem to take, and however unfair it might seem, it was my job to do it.

We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in L.A. says, 'Oh, you look good,' and you listen for them to say you've lost weight. It's never 'How are you?' or 'You seem happy!'

I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result.

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.

I trust myself. I trust my instincts. I know what I'm gonna do, what I can do, what I can't do. I've been through a lot, and I could go through more, but I hope I don't have to. But if I did, I'd be able to do it. I'm not going to enjoy dying, but there's not much prep for that.

I like performing. I like partnering with an audience.

I really love the internet. They say chat-rooms are the trailer park of the internet but I find it amazing.

I have been in 'Star Wars' since I was 20.

I watched my parents' fame diminish - as I was getting more conscious, their celebrity was going back down the mountain.

I have a harder time eating properly than I do exercising. It's easier for me to add an activity than to deny myself something. And when I do lose the weight, I don't like that it makes me feel good about myself. It's not who I am.

As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don't.

I outlasted my problems.

Leia follows me like a vague smell.

I think I do overshare. It's my way of trying to understand myself.

It's difficult to know what to say to someone whose partner has cheated on them.

Instant gratification takes too long.

I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn't know. It was something I always did.

Certainly there are people who like me, but then there are those who don't know me who gossip about me. You can't believe the things I've heard.

What I've realized recently is that the difference between me and Mickey Mouse is, there's not a man that can go and say, 'Look, can you get me in any faster? I'm Mickey Mouse.' Whereas I can go in and say, 'Look, could you get me a table faster? I'm Princess Leia.'

I have a mess in my head sometimes, and there's something very satisfying about putting it into words. Certainly it's not something that you're in charge of, necessarily, but writing about it, putting it into your words, can be a very powerful experience.

Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity.

I waited for my daughter, Billie, to come to me with her troubles - but I'm glad I didn't hold my breath.

I was born on October 21, 1956 in Burbank, California. My father, Eddie Fisher, was a famous singer. My mother, Debbie Reynolds, was a movie star. Her best-known role was in 'Singin' In The Rain.'

What I always wanna tell young people now: Pay attention. This isn't gonna happen again. Rather than try to understand it as it's going along, have it go along for a while and then understand it.

I fear dying. Anything with pain associated with it, I don't like.

Some of my memories will never return. They are lost - along with the crippling feeling of defeat and hopelessness. Not a tremendous price to pay.

I know I'm going to get old and be one of those crazy women who sits on balconies and spits on people and screams, 'Get a haircut!' I know this, and I don't really fear it. I'd just like to move toward it with as much grace and dignity as possible.

My parents had this incredibly vital relationship with an audience, like muscle with blood. This was the main competition I had for my parents' attention: an audience.

You knew how humiliating that is as an experience for celebrities to be less of a celebrity. There's no class to adjust to being less famous, and you don't think you have to worry about it. But you do.

I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid, that I was a light bulb in a world of moths. That is what the manic state is like.

She's an immensely powerful woman, and I just admire my mother very much.

If you claim something, you can own it.

I've totally embraced it. I like Princess Leia. I like how she was feisty.

I have been in 'Star Wars' since I was 20. And they're not just doing some goofy sequel, like, to service the hunger of it. It actually has been thought out and it has integrity and they took it seriously, which they didn't have to do, you know? It's hard to do, given the appetite and the angles from which everybody's coming at it.