I'm now the elder in the position of doling out wisdom and trying to mend fences.

We are living on average today 34 years longer than our great-grandparents did.

My childhood was influenced by the roles my father played in his movies. Whether Abraham Lincoln or Tom Joad in the 'Grapes of Wrath,' his characters communicated certain values which I try to carry with me to this day.

I don't want to make a cheap analysis, but when you have, like I did, a father incapable of showing emotion, who spends his life telling you that no one will love you if you aren't perfect, it leaves scars.

My mother killed herself when I was 12. I won't complete that relationship. But I can try to understand her.

Our youth deserve the opportunity to complete their high school and college education, free of early parenthood. Their future children deserve the opportunity to grow up in financially and emotionally stable homes. Our communities benefit from healthy, productive, well-prepared young people.

I know how gratifying it is not only to work in film but to be acknowledged by peers; producing '9 to 5' was an opportunity that I valued precisely because it's so rarely in the hands of women.

It's hard for women at my age in Hollywood, but I'm not discouraged.

You don't learn from successes; you don't learn from awards; you don't learn from celebrity; you only learn from wounds and scars and mistakes and failures. And that's the truth.

Through therapy and a lot of thinking and writing my memoirs, I've been able to use my life as a lesson.

A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.

The reality is sobering: in the United States one in three girls will become pregnant before age 20, totaling more than 750,000 girls per year.

I would have given up acting in a minute. I didn't like how it set me apart from other people.

I think feminism is about the spirit.

Think about it: Reducing crime and poverty and ensuring that we have an educated, stable work force has a direct effect on you and me and the future of our country.

But the whole point of liberation is that you get out. Restructure your life. Act by yourself.

I have people in my life who will say, 'Honey, you're trying too hard.' I like being saucy, but I'm 73 and a half. I'm still trying to find my way between matronly and coltishness.

It's about time we make the well-being of our young people more important than ideology and politics. As a country, we benefit from investing in their future by investing in teen pregnancy prevention.

I was a chameleon, the woman men wanted me to be.

We can no longer waste time and money. Every day, more than 2,000 girls in America, age 15-19, give birth - in the wealthiest, most educated nation in the world! Neither you nor I should accept this statistic.

I've been accused of being too flexible, too willing to mold myself to men, and that's something I'm constantly working on.

I think the Internet and technology in general has changed everything. We can see it overseas even more with the Arab Spring and so forth.

The bond between a parent and child is the primary bond, the foundation for the rest of the child's life. The presence or absence of this bond determines much about the child's resiliency and what kind of adult they will grow up to be.

I spent a good deal of time going back over my childhood, my midlife, to try to understand who I was. We're supposed to be complete and whole, and you can't be whole if you're trying to be perfect. Doing a life review helped me get over the disease to please.

If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.

The most important thing to do as you age is to stay physically active. Lots of people just throw in the towel if they can't do what they used to do, and that's terrible.

The capacity of young people to persevere, even under the most adverse conditions, never ceases to amaze me.

I feel like my honesty gives people the freedom to talk about things they wouldn't otherwise.

We're not meant to be perfect. It took me a long time to learn that.

I feel like when I was an adolescent, and felt so unworthy of love and so empty, I moved outside of myself.

In my marriages, I'd lost parts of who I was because I was trying to mold myself into what I thought a man wanted me to be.

A mother who is obsessing about being thin and dieting and exercising is not going to be a very good mother.

Ted needs someone to be there 100% of the time. He thinks that's love. It's not love - it's babysitting.

I never was a hippie! I went to India because so many friends like Mia Farrow and the Beatles were going there to discover truth. And so I went and trekked through India by myself, but instead of discovering truth, I wanted to join the Peace Corps.

I have a confidence about my life that comes from standing tall on my own two feet.

What we view in the media - and who presents it to us - does so much to determine how we think, how we feel about ourselves, and how we view the world.

We're still living with the old paradigm of age as an arch. That's the old metaphor: You're born, you peak at midlife and decline into decrepitude.

I always had a penchant for falling in love. Every time I found myself without a mate, I fell into a state of low-sizzling panic.

I remember saying goodbye to my father the night he left to join the Navy. He didn't have to. He was older than other servicemen and had a family to support but he wanted to be a part of the fight against fascism, not just make movies about it. I admired this about him.

Some people are surprised that the Republicans are waging a war on women, or that they voted against equal pay for women. I'm not surprised at all. In some ways, it may be a good thing. They're defending the patriarchy, which is a wounded beast! And wounded beasts are always dangerous.

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.

When I was at the age when you were supposed to be glamorous if you were a movie star, I wasn't.

I love films that make you feel good when you come out and, in my opinion, there's not enough of them these days.

When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed.

While not impossible, it is especially challenging for teenage parents to develop bonds with their children. A high percent of them were themselves children of teenage parents and have never experienced appropriate parenting.

Seek women mentors. If you're a businesswoman, look at the TEDx conferences. There's a lot of businesswomen that speak on there. I find them extremely inspiring.

I'm a very brave person. I can go to North Vietnam, I can challenge my government, but I can't challenge the man I'm with if means I'm going to end up alone.

It's never too late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.

A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring.