97 Sophia Loren Quotes from the Iconic Italian Actress

Sophia Loren, born Sofia Villani Scicolone, is an Italian actress who rose from poverty in postwar Naples to become a renowned movie star and one of Italy’s most beautiful women.

She started her career in the cinema as an extra and changed her name to Sophia Loren under the guidance of producer Carlo Ponti, her future husband.

Despite her beauty often overshadowing her talent, Loren delivered powerful performances in films like ‘Two Women,’ for which she won an Academy Award.

Sophia Loren

She worked with major Hollywood stars and directors and her career includes notable films like ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ ‘Marriage, Italian Style,’ and ‘A Special Day.’

She continued to act in films and television well into her late career, receiving several lifetime achievement awards and actively defending animal rights.

Sophia Loren made over 100 films in a career that spanned more than 50 years.

I have listed below the best quotes by Sophia Loren.

Best Sophia Loren Quotes


I’m a very shy person and I never tried to do theater. ~ Sophia Loren.


Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself… ~ Sophia Loren.


Almost starve, but I don’t starve because I eat very much. ~ Sophia Loren.


Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now. ~ Sophia Loren.


I always try to have a vacation. ~ Sophia Loren.


Show business is what I do, not what I am. ~ Sophia Loren.


If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful. ~ Sophia Loren.

I am lucky. I had a very beautiful mother. ~ Sophia Loren.

I am against all war. ~ Sophia Loren.

The facts of life are that a child who has seen war cannot be compared with a child who doesn’t know what war is except from television. ~ Sophia Loren.


You cannot say, because I am from Naples so I like the mixture of drama and comedy all together. ~ Sophia Loren.

Once I put myself into a thing, I do my utmost, my very, very best. ~ Sophia Loren.

Famous Sophia Loren Quotes

Discipline is the great equalizer. If a young woman is beautiful but has no discipline, she will lose her looks as she grows older. If a plain woman is disciplined she will undoubtedly become more beautiful with time. ~ Sophia Loren.

A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view. ~ Sophia Loren.


The eyes of a woman who never cried can not be beautiful. ~ Sophia Loren.

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. ~ Sophia Loren.


Good food is a celebration of life. ~ Sophia Loren.

Top Sophia Loren Quotes

I can cook, I can breathe, I can live! ~ Sophia Loren.

I know how to say ‘no’ in twelve languages. That’s enough for a woman. ~ Sophia Loren.

I was so skinny, they gave me the nickname stechetto – the stick. I was tall, thin, ugly and dark like an Arab girl. I looked strange. All eyes. No flesh on my bones. ~ Sophia Loren.


I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. ~ Sophia Loren.

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. ~ Sophia Loren.

Being beautiful can never hurt, but you have to have more. You have to sparkle, you have to be fun, you have to make your brain work if you have one. ~ Sophia Loren.

Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough. ~ Sophia Loren.


The Fountain of Youth is in your mind. ~ Sophia Loren.

No press conference announcing a last film. I’d just steal away. Best way because, if by chance after two or three years something interesting comes up, I would not – like Sinatra – have to say: ‘Well, I’ve thought it over and decided to come back.’ ~ Sophia Loren.

The girl who swears no one has ever made love to her has a right to swear. ~ Sophia Loren.

Popular Sophia Loren Quotes

Style must be adapted to the woman and not vice versa. The same can be said of clothes. ~ Sophia Loren.

As far as beauty is concerned, in order to be confident we must accept that the way we look and feel is our own responsibility. ~ Sophia Loren.

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. ~ Sophia Loren.

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. ~ Sophia Loren.

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. ~ Sophia Loren.

Jealousy is a miserable feeling. It means you aspire to something that you cannot have. Even in love, it is better to leave, better not to waste time. ~ Sophia Loren.

Wise Sophia Loren Quotes

The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty. ~ Sophia Loren.

The first woman was created from the rib of a man. She was not made from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal to him. ~ Sophia Loren.


Beauty is no handicap if you don’t think about it. ~ Sophia Loren.

My mother taught me to walk proud and tall ‘as if the world was mine.’. ~ Sophia Loren.

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. ~ Sophia Loren.

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about. ~ Sophia Loren.

Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got. ~ Sophia Loren.

Hate is unfulfilled love. ~ Sophia Loren.

Thought-Provoking Sophia Loren Quotes


I eat a lot of salad, a little meat, and some fruit – that’s all. But I like sweets. ~ Sophia Loren.

The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for. ~ Sophia Loren.

I was not interested in what I could bring to myself by being an actress, but in what I could bring out of myself. ~ Sophia Loren.

You must all, somewhere deep in your hearts, believe that you have a special beauty that is like no other and that is so valuable that you must not abandon it. Indeed, you must learn to cherish it. ~ Sophia Loren.

Cooking is an act of love, a gift, a way of sharing with others the little secrets – ‘piccoli segreti’ – that are simmering on the burners. ~ Sophia Loren.

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent. ~ Sophia Loren.


Where youthful beauty is unconscious, mature beauty is knowing and sophisticated. ~ Sophia Loren.

I’m a giraffe. I even walk like a giraffe with a long neck and legs. It’s a pretty dumb animal, mind you. ~ Sophia Loren.

If you are a professional actor who has pride in his work, then the judgment of your peers should be important to you. I treasure each and every award I have ever received – and my Oscar is in a place of honor. ~ Sophia Loren.

Inspiring Sophia Loren Quotes

Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner. ~ Sophia Loren.

I believe that rewards in life are deserved. Every reward is the fruit of discipline, of dedication and of sacrifices. And of stubbornness. ~ Sophia Loren.


Mistakes are the price of an interesting life. ~ Sophia Loren.

You do not become a star, you are born a star. A star is born with that indefinable extra something. ~ Sophia Loren.

Any woman can look her best if she feels good in her skin. It’s not a question of clothes or makeup. It’s how she sparkles. ~ Sophia Loren.

True love comes along after adolescence, when we have learned not to cry for nothing. ~ Sophia Loren.

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. ~ Sophia Loren.

I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. It is something that is in you or it isn’t and it really doesn’t have much to do with breasts or thighs or the pout of your lips. ~ Sophia Loren.

Profound Sophia Loren Quotes


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

There is no greater love potion than regular coffee, brewed his own. When a man tries it, he was not going anywhere. ~ Sophia Loren.

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~ Sophia Loren.

I’m not Italian, I am Neapolitan! It’s another thing! ~ Sophia Loren.

Ignorance has its virtues; without it there’d be mighty little conversation. ~ Sophia Loren.

You have to believe in marriage and you have to believe in a relationship between two people. If you really think in your life that you have found the right person, you have to stick to it, even though there are ups and downs. If you really believe in your union, you have to nourish it and work for it, then you can really spend your life together forever. ~ Sophia Loren.

Beauty is how you feel inside… ~ Sophia Loren.

I exist only because inside of me and above all else I am only and above all a Neapolitan. Naples exists inside of me, and always will. Fortunately for me there is this treasure that I have inside of me and, when I need it, then I pull it out. ~ Sophia Loren.

Inspirational Sophia Loren Quotes

A dog is faithful, a woman never. ~ Sophia Loren.

I hated my father all my life but in his final days I forgave him for all the suffering he caused us. As you grow older, marry, and have children of your own, you learn and forget. I do not forget easily, but I do forgive. ~ Sophia Loren.

At the dressing table, every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said, ‘completes what nature left unfinished.’ ~ Sophia Loren.

I firmly believe we can make our own miracles if we believe strongly enough in ourselves and our mission on earth. ~ Sophia Loren.

I was born wise. Street-wise, people-wise, self-wise. This wisdom was my birthright. ~ Sophia Loren.

Without my mother’s ambition, her drive, I doubt that on my own I would have pushed myself out of Pozzuoli and into the frightening world that was faraway Rome. ~ Sophia Loren.


The fantasy of a man is the best weapon of a woman. ~ Sophia Loren.

My philosophy is that it’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe and not to explore at all. ~ Sophia Loren.

The right hairstyle can make a plain woman beautiful and a beautiful woman unforgettable. ~ Sophia Loren.

Motivational Sophia Loren Quotes

It’s necessary to have an energy that carries you forward. You need the will to live, to have a great curiosity. To look for the best in life, to find new interests. ~ Sophia Loren.

I do not know if I really am a big star. And in fact that is not the most important thing for me. What counts in life is to bring about more of your own dreams. In such a way that your life becomes like a fairy tale. This is what has happened to me, it is just like that. ~ Sophia Loren.

A mother always thinks twice: for herself and for the child. ~ Sophia Loren.

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

Believe me, it is actions that count. ~ Sophia Loren.

I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. ~ Sophia Loren.

Ultimate Sophia Loren Quotes

It’s a mistake to think that once you’re done with school you need never learn anything new. ~ Sophia Loren.

Physical exercise makes you more graceful. After some gymnastics you walk as if the whole street is yours. ~ Sophia Loren.

Food makes people happy, it takes you back home, it says so many things that words can’t say. ~ Sophia Loren.


Everything you see I owe to spaghetti. ~ Sophia Loren.

There’s no pleasure in working if you don’t do the things you want to do. ~ Sophia Loren.

Transformation is something I cannot explain – too much analysis might destroy it. ~ Sophia Loren.

I still like me, inside and out. Not in a vain way – I just feel good in my skin. ~ Sophia Loren.

Be honest about what you can get. To make a sacrifice and to get what you want you need to be very certain. In other words: always think about your objective, have a clear goal and commit to it from the heart. ~ Sophia Loren.

Success, I would find out, is interior. It has to do with self-fulfillment and the joy of living. ~ Sophia Loren.

So these were the 97 top Sophia Loren quotes and sayings.

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