83 Winona Ryder Quotes That Are Truly Inspiring

Born Winona Laura Horowitz in 1971, Winona Ryder is a popular American actress noted for valuable roles in films including “Beetlejuice” and “Dracula” and the acclaimed series “Stranger Things”.

Her career, characterized by a distinctive blend of offbeat and leading roles, experienced a hiatus and subsequent resurgence, earning her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

Growing up in California in a family of authors, Ryder delved into acting early, accumulating critical praise for performances in films like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Little Women”.


Despite facing legal and mental health challenges in the early 2000s, she returned triumphantly to acting with diverse and celebrated roles.

Below are some of the truly best quotes by Winona Ryder.

Best Winona Ryder Quotes


You’ve got to grow up sometime. ~ Winona Ryder.


I write pretty much every day, but I don’t have any desire to publish anything. ~ Winona Ryder.


Focus should be on the art of film, not on the business of film. ~ Winona Ryder.

I don’t use the Internet, but apparently you can find out everything on it. ~ Winona Ryder.

I have my email on my Blackberry, and that’s about it. ~ Winona Ryder.

I was exhausted and going through a terrible depression. ~ Winona Ryder.

I’m not into wrinkles. ~ Winona Ryder.


Crazy isn’t being broken, or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me, amplified. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s part of the celebrity process but my life has never been as interesting or as wild as what’s been printed about me. ~ Winona Ryder.

I’ve learned that it’s OK to be flawed. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s equally as important to me to be a good friend and a good sister and a good daughter. I’m very close with my family and friends. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s an indication of how cynical our society has become that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically ridiculed as sentimental junk. ~ Winona Ryder.

I remember when I did Little Women, I didn’t watch the Katharine Hepburn one over and over, which I thought I would do. Heathers, I was completely obsessed with. ~ Winona Ryder.

Top Winona Ryder Quotes

I, myself, am strange and unusual. ~ Winona Ryder.


I’m not interested in playing the girl that’s just there to make the guy, you know, give him a talking to. ~ Winona Ryder.

I think it’s important to have as much as a normal life and take the time to get perspective because it only helps your work in the long run. ~ Winona Ryder.

I am not a person who can really sit around and think about regrets because with every bad experience that you have, there is weirdly something good that comes from it. ~ Winona Ryder.

What’s awful about being famous and being an actress is when people come up to you and touch you. That’s scary, and they just seem to think it’s okay to do it, like you’re public property. ~ Winona Ryder.


You have good days and bad days, and depression’s something that, you know, is always with you. ~ Winona Ryder.

I think I’m learning to be bolder in my career choices and be more confident in my personal life. I haven’t always felt very secure as an individual, but now I feel I certain confidence and sense of self that gets me through the day a lot better than before. ~ Winona Ryder.

Weird people follow you in the streets, you can’t sit alone in a restaurant or a cafe and read a book in peace, and I think everybody values those moments of being alone. ~ Winona Ryder.

It was hard to find that transition to adult roles. ~ Winona Ryder.

Inspirational Winona Ryder Quotes

I was inspired by lots of people, certainly in acting and in writing and stuff, but I never wanted to be somebody else. ~ Winona Ryder.


If a film is well made, then great, whatever it’s about. ~ Winona Ryder.

The fact that I got into acting at all was kind of fluke-ish. I loved movies, but I can’t remember ever really wanting to be an actress, and I certainly didn’t imagine ever being in a movie. I think I wanted to be a writer. ~ Winona Ryder.

I watched this documentary on Madonna. I remember I grew up hearing she wanted to rule the world. Actually, she worked really hard – really, really hard. ~ Winona Ryder.

There’s like this great thing that Bette Davis said when someone asked her, How do you get into Hollywood? Take Fountain! ~ Winona Ryder.

I’m the type who’d rather not work than work on something I’m not into. I’ve done that a couple of times, and I feel like I can totally see it in my performance. ~ Winona Ryder.


I have this sense that I didn’t really start growing up until my twenties. ~ Winona Ryder.

Remember, I’m the kind of kid who used to get stuffed into a locker by school bullies. I’ve never felt like I’m a big star at any level of my life. ~ Winona Ryder.

You can’t pay enough money to… cure that feeling of being broken and confused. ~ Winona Ryder.

Reverend Hale is so interesting because at first he’s like, Oh, she’s got the mark. Then by the end he’s like, You’re all crazy. ~ Winona Ryder.

You go through spells where you feel that maybe you’re too sensitive for this world. I certainly felt that. ~ Winona Ryder.

Even though ‘Heathers’ didn’t make a lot of money, I really was able to transition into a situation where people thought I could play an attractive role because of it. ~ Winona Ryder.


I feel my best when I’m happy. ~ Winona Ryder.

I was regarded as the school freak which further reinforced a lot of inhibitions and doubts I had about myself. I was a shy, frightened teenager for a long time. ~ Winona Ryder.

Somehow I was invited to visit with Audrey Hepburn. I had this afternoon with her, and she gave me a couple things. She was so gracious and everything you would think that she would be. ~ Winona Ryder.

My dad took me to all the best rock and punk shows when I was growing up and music has always been a part of my life. So I’m very interested in the music scene and I suppose that’s why I’ve ended up going out with musicians. Dave Pirner is still one of my best friends. ~ Winona Ryder.


Bette Davis in All About Eve was huge for me. Her acting was staggering. ~ Winona Ryder.

I remember being 18, and my first boyfriend said to me, Unless you’re in the room, you don’t know if it’s true. We were talking about gossip. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s really good to be able to think about past loves without having a pit in my stomach, or cringing or feeling heart-broken, or like they hate you. Don’t you think? ~ Winona Ryder.

I don’t hang out with agents and producers and I’m not into the business side at all. ~ Winona Ryder.

I was very lucky because Tim Burton really gave me a career. I don’t think Hollywood would’ve known what to do with me. If I hadn’t done ‘Beetlejuice,’ I think I would’ve just gone back to my school. ~ Winona Ryder.

I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny ten years ago. I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old. ~ Winona Ryder.


I don’t believe I am influencing anybody but myself. ~ Winona Ryder.

I’ve learned that it’s OK to be flawed, that life can be messy, that some days you glide and some days you fall, but most important, that there are no secret answers out there. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s also a question of finding good material and interesting roles. I’m not the only actress out there, and good parts just don’t fall into your lap that easily. But I like most of the films I’ve made recently and so I’m pretty positive about the future. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s weird because I think of movies like Reality Bites or something, where, even though my life was nothing like that, I hadn’t done something contemporary for a while, and it’s easier. You do try to make something your own. ~ Winona Ryder.

Inspiring Winona Ryder Quotes

I thought it was a cool parallel. Being replaced by the young thing. I know that definitely happens in Hollywood. It’s harder to find good roles, and suddenly there’s new girls. I’m at that age I’ve been warned my whole life about. ~ Winona Ryder.


Most of my wardrobe is vintage, and I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10. ~ Winona Ryder.

There are actors I know personally, or I’ve heard them say, The less known about me, the better, because I just want people to think of me as the character. I think Matt Damon said that recently. He has a point and I think I get that. ~ Winona Ryder.

A woman who wears high heels is very different, I think, than a woman who wears sandals. ~ Winona Ryder.

I’m quite comfortable looking at myself in movies, probably because I’ve been doing it for so long, since I was a kid. So I sort of watched myself grow up and go through adolescence, like, basically on camera. ~ Winona Ryder.

Scapegoating will go on forever. We need someone to blame – illegal immigrants, single moms, people in prison. We need someone to victimize. ~ Winona Ryder.


I’m not into older guys. To tell you the truth, Richard Gere is not the sexiest man alive, in my book. ~ Winona Ryder.

I remember when I first started being in magazines, I had pretty thin skin. I was this nerd that read books and stayed home and didn’t go out. ~ Winona Ryder.

There was a time when I was 19 when I really, really, really thought I was going crazy. I was exhausted and going through a terrible depression. ~ Winona Ryder.

I really lucked out in terms of how my parents encouraged me to develop my own personality so I didn’t just feel incredibly insecure and like I didn’t fit in. ~ Winona Ryder.

I love books and going to bookstores. My favorite sound is the sound of the needle hitting the record. ~ Winona Ryder.


I’d always find the positive in someone. ~ Winona Ryder.

As a character, it’s very interesting to play someone who wants to change their life and have him change it. ~ Winona Ryder.

For a long time, I was almost ashamed of being an actress. I felt like it was a shallow occupation. People would be watching my every move. ~ Winona Ryder.

Famous Winona Ryder Quotes

People think that they just want movies like Pretty Woman, when really they – at least the ones that I know personally – have been waiting for something that doesn’t completely insult them. ~ Winona Ryder.

I had this big complex because I didn’t go to college. There was a whole era where I got linked to everybody. People that I had never met. I was like, How? I’m home alone reading chapter 12 of a book. ~ Winona Ryder.

You try to get out there and live. I’ve always had good friends who’ve been very supportive and help make me feel good and grounded because I’ve never felt attached to the film industry. ~ Winona Ryder.


My parents are awesome, but they’re pretty left-wing. ~ Winona Ryder.

I remember the whole thing with the word ambition. I was messed up for a while because I associated it with certain people who just want to be famous. I think, for a while, it was kind of a dirty word for women. ~ Winona Ryder.

Break-ups are hard for anybody, but it’s particularly tough when it’s being documented and you see the person’s picture everywhere. Most people don’t have that added problem when they break up with someone. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s just people should realize that the celebrity aspect of being an actor is very rarely enjoyable for people like me who would always rather go unnoticed and disappear into the crowd. ~ Winona Ryder.


The older you get, the more yourself you can be and the less worried you are about what other people think. ~ Winona Ryder.

Googling yourself is maybe one of the worst things you can do. I did it once, and someone had to talk me off a ledge. ~ Winona Ryder.

Ultimate Winona Ryder Quotes

Sometimes I’ll watch a movie, and it’s got some big star in it playing a working-class person, and the character is in a grocery store, and you can kind of tell, from just watching the scene, that this actor doesn’t do their own shopping. So you have to have some sense of reality. ~ Winona Ryder.

I think I really scored with my parents. All of my friends pretty much came from broken homes, and my parents are still together, but not only that, they’re still in love and still write together. ~ Winona Ryder.


I love photography and first editions. I have that in my genes. My father was an archivist. ~ Winona Ryder.

My parents really instilled this idea in me of being your own person, almost to the extent that I couldn’t do wrong. I’d get a bad grade and they’d be like, No! What you did was great! ~ Winona Ryder.

I was so spoiled in a way. I worked very hard, but there was just a wealth of great roles. ~ Winona Ryder.

It’s interesting because First Wives Club was the first movie that made a shitload of money that starred all women over a certain age. That was a milestone that made you think, Oh, things are going to change. ~ Winona Ryder.


I love westerns. John Ford is one of the 10 best directors. ~ Winona Ryder.

Even though I never really had to pound the pavement as an actor, I always worked really hard. But, at the same time, I always felt like people thought that I didn’t have to struggle even though I was struggling. ~ Winona Ryder.

I feel like I had to learn how to take care of myself and find out what made me happy aside from just making films. ~ Winona Ryder.

My father is an atheist. My mother is Buddhist. They encouraged my siblings and me to take the best part of other religions to make our own belief system. ~ Winona Ryder.


I would love to someday do a play. I did one when I was very young in San Francisco, where I grew up. A girl can dream. ~ Winona Ryder.

When you finally accept that it’s OK not to have answers and it’s OK not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being. ~ Winona Ryder.

So these were the 83 top Winona Ryder quotes on life, love and success.

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