77 Meryl Streep Quotes on Life, Acting and Inspiration

Meryl Streep is a famous American actress who is well-known for her acting technique and dialect expertise.

Beginning voice training at 12, Streep later graduated from Vassar College and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale in 1975.

She got fame with The Deer Hunter (1978), winning Academy Awards for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie’s Choice (1982).

Meryl Streep

Streep holds a record number of Academy Award nominations, reflecting her exceptional range and emotional depth in numerous roles throughout her illustrious career.

She is frequently referred to as “the best actress of her generation.”

I have curated the list of best quotes by Meryl Streep.

Meryl Streep Quotes


I’m all over the place. ~ Meryl Streep.


The work will stand, no matter what. ~ Meryl Streep.


I can’t stand most things that I see. ~ Meryl Streep.


Expensive clothes are a waste of money. ~ Meryl Streep.


I want to feel my life while I’m in it. ~ Meryl Streep.

Instant gratification is not soon enough. ~ Meryl Streep.


I’m never so sure as I was in my mid-20s. ~ Meryl Streep.

I think your self emerges more clearly over time. ~ Meryl Streep.


You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing. ~ Meryl Streep.

Best Meryl Streep Quotes

I need to go where people are serious about acting. ~ Meryl Streep.

My job is usually to express emotion as freely as possible. ~ Meryl Streep.


I think I’m not a natural performer; I think I’m an actor. ~ Meryl Streep.

I have a very good life – I’m lucky enough not to be deprived. ~ Meryl Streep.

The work is the most fun; it seems illicit how much fun it is. ~ Meryl Streep.

There are improbable things suspended in space, like the earth. ~ Meryl Streep.


My family really does come first. It always did and always will. ~ Meryl Streep.

You win an Oscar, it can double the audience that you had before. ~ Meryl Streep.

Enough people write about me every day without even interviewing me. ~ Meryl Streep.

Short Meryl Streep Quotes

It is well that the earth is round that we do not see too far ahead. ~ Meryl Streep.

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. ~ Meryl Streep.


The more you are in this business, the more humbled by it you become. ~ Meryl Streep.

I have four to five months, tops, per year to give to my acting work. ~ Meryl Streep.

You can’t suppress the things that make us human. It’s pointless to try. ~ Meryl Streep.

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~ Meryl Streep.

There’s no road map on how to raise a family: it’s always an enormous negotiation. ~ Meryl Streep.

Profound Meryl Streep Quotes

For me, clothes are kind of character; I don’t follow fashion or understand trends. ~ Meryl Streep.

The reason I chose the movies that I did was based on where they were being filmed. ~ Meryl Streep.

What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace. ~ Meryl Streep.

Personality is immediately apparent, from birth, and I don’t think it really changes. ~ Meryl Streep.

I remember, as I was hovering around 40, I thought each movie would be my last, really. ~ Meryl Streep.

America doesn’t reward people of my age, either in day-to-day life or for their performances. ~ Meryl Streep.

Having been let out of the barn once, I know I wouldn’t be happy if I were home all the time. ~ Meryl Streep.

If I am not confident that I can portray the character perfectly on screen, I won’t even try. ~ Meryl Streep.

All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene. ~ Meryl Streep.

Don’t give up or give in in the face of patronizing ridicule, amused disdain, or being ignored. ~ Meryl Streep.

I’m older. There’s some sort of seniority. As a matter of fact, the seniority ebbs as you get older. ~ Meryl Streep.

I let the actions of my life stand for what I am as a human being. Contend with that, not the words. ~ Meryl Streep.

Interestingly, young people don’t come to you for advice. Especially the ones who are related to you. ~ Meryl Streep.

Great Meryl Streep Quotes

I know what I do and what it means to me and where its sources lie, and that’s mine. It still is mine. ~ Meryl Streep.

I have a very busy life, and not many people who have a career and four kids go out a lot to the movies. ~ Meryl Streep.

Men should look at the world as if something is wrong when their voices predominate. They should feel it. ~ Meryl Streep.

All that attention to the perfect lighting, the perfect this, the perfect that, I find terribly annoying. ~ Meryl Streep.

We are who we’re going to be when we’re very old, and when we’re very old we are who we were when we were 8. ~ Meryl Streep.

There are wonderfully talented actresses. It’s a really rich field. There isn’t as rich a field of material. ~ Meryl Streep.

I didn’t have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do. ~ Meryl Streep.

Grace, respect, reserve, and empathetic listening are qualities sorely missing from the public discourse now. ~ Meryl Streep.

I get a trickling few scripts that I’m lucky enough that some of them are great. I don’t get loads of scripts. ~ Meryl Streep.

People say, When you have children, everything changes. But maybe things are awakened that were already there. ~ Meryl Streep.

How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you. You can’t argue with them. That’s their perception. ~ Meryl Streep.

The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor, but it’s a completely random process. ~ Meryl Streep.

I don’t like to be gone all weekend and at night too. Because for 20 years, I’ve had children who are in school. ~ Meryl Streep.

Wise Meryl Streep Quotes

My feeling about fears is, if you voice your fears, they may come true. I’m superstitious enough to believe that. ~ Meryl Streep.

The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter. ~ Meryl Streep.

I always feel like I can’t do it, that I can’t go through with a movie. But then I do go through with it after all. ~ Meryl Streep.

I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you. ~ Meryl Streep.

Every single decision I make about what material I do, what I’m putting out in the world, is because of my children. ~ Meryl Streep.

I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can’t imagine eschewing one for the other. ~ Meryl Streep.

Sometimes with my children, I remember exactly how I felt as the child in this situation, not just how it feels to be me. ~ Meryl Streep.

I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me. ~ Meryl Streep.

I’m thrilled when I get nominated. I don’t count how many and I don’t remember how many I’ve had. I just know it’s a lot. ~ Meryl Streep.

It’s amazing how easily people are led to fury and chaos. Unhappy people with guns are not going to make this country great. ~ Meryl Streep.

I’m a pain in the ass to all of the costume designers with whom I work because I have very strong feelings about the subject. ~ Meryl Streep.

Meaningful Meryl Streep Quotes

You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting. ~ Meryl Streep.

I have a pretty good idea of what I am not good at and have it front and center of my consciousness every minute I am doing it. ~ Meryl Streep.

I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work. ~ Meryl Streep.

I had this sort of idolatry for certain actors who preceded me, people who inspired me, so I’m honored to be that way for young actors. ~ Meryl Streep.

Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too. ~ Meryl Streep.

Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there. ~ Meryl Streep.

Obsession is an attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good at one thing and smart are attractive, if they’re men. ~ Meryl Streep.

I couldn’t care less about fashion. If I had taken any clothes home, they would have remained in my closet for the rest of their existence. ~ Meryl Streep.

Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time. ~ Meryl Streep.

 I think you have to listen to the people who are deeply unhappy. You have to find the source of it and not overreact to the craziness in it. ~ Meryl Streep.

Thought-Provoking Meryl Streep Quotes

Nobody can swash-buckle a quick-witted riposte like Emma Thompson. She’s a writer, a real writer, and she has a relish for the well-chosen word. ~ Meryl Streep.

Don’t waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living. ~ Meryl Streep.

I know movies are a function of our dream world. And when you project yourself on screen, it’s easier to project yourself into what you were, not what you are. ~ Meryl Streep.

I was offered, within one year, three different witch roles. It was almost like the world was saying – or the studios were saying – ‘We don’t know what to do with you.’ ~ Meryl Streep.

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