Emma Stone’s Most Empowering Quotes Because She’s Not Just an Actress, She’s a Guru

Emma Stone is certainly up there in the ranks of most amiable celebrities along with everyone's fake BFF, Jennifer Lawrence, and the young actress many of us grew up with, Emma Watson. Stone is funny, down-to-earth, and puts Jimmy Fallon's expert lip-syncing to shame, so really, how could you not like her? Stone knows that there's so much more to life than where she and boyfriend Andrew Garfield happen to go for lunch or what they're wearing that day (this is why she likes to flash the paparazzi some note cards detailing different charity organizations that deserve the coverage more), so I decided to dig deeper and take a look at some of Emma Stone's most empowering quotes. This is a woman who knows what's important in this world, and she's not afraid to talk about it.

It's no surprise that the good-natured actress won our hearts over not only because of her skilled acting and penchant for picking the best movies, but because she seems like an average, everyday kinda gal — an aura that's difficult to maintain in Hollywood. In interviews, Stone is ever humble and usually chalks up her winning personality to being raised in an awesome family with two attentive and no-nonsense parents — who happened to let her go into acting at a young age. Well, clearly that worked out well for her and, unlike many actors who got into the business to young, she turned out just fine.

Because of her positive outlook, I've decided to dig up a few of Emma Stone's most inspiring quotes.

ON HER REASON FOR DOING WHAT SHE DOES:

She explained to Nylon magazine back in 2010, "I think my ultimate goal at the end of the day is to make my parents laugh. Maybe that is what this is all about: a roundabout way of trying to entertain my parents, just like I did in the living room when I was a kid.”

ON WHY SHE'S BEEN ABLE TO STAY GROUNDED:

She divulged to The Daily Mail that her parents were her and her brother's best teachers, "They taught us responsibility and the need to own up to our actions and that honesty really is the only policy. I’ve never lied to my parents about anything. They basically turned me into Pinocchio. I’ve told them things you don’t really want to tell the truth about…and they wouldn’t punish me because we talked it over and it was all out in the open. It made me never want to be irresponsible, and I’ve never wanted to drink and drive or any of that stuff since they’d always offer to pick me up, so why bother doing it?"

ON MAINTAINING A GOOD SENSE OF SELF DESPITE NEGATIVITY:

"I'm actively working hard on learning to appreciate yourself no matter what. If what someone else says can easily derail you, it means your sense of self isn't that firmly established in the first place. It's an inside job. You're beautiful and worthy and totally unique. People insult each other based on their own insecurities — even though it may feel personal, it really never is. Really. Seriously,” she told Seventeen magazine .

ON THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED IMPORTANCE OF STORYTELLING:

Stone told Vogue, “I think I was doing it a disservice by thinking it’s not something ultimately important. I always was saying, ‘I’m not saving lives; I’m not a brain surgeon.’ And that’s true — I’m not saving anyone from any life-threatening illnesses. But I get to tell stories, and that’s a pretty important task.”

ON THE WAY COMEDY CAN SOOTHE THE SOUL:

In the same Vogue interview, Stone explained that acting helped her become a less anxious person. "It gave me a sense of purpose. I wanted to make people laugh. Comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches. Failure is the exact same as success when it comes to comedy because it just keeps coming. It never stops.”

ON THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE SHE'S GOTTEN:

When asked about the best piece of advice she's received by Cosmo, Stone gave an unexpectedly detailed answer. "My mom always says to cross that bridge when you get there, because I lose perspective a lot of the time... My best friend and I have also recently been saying 'bones.' I just went to the Catacombs and saw all of these bones of people stacked on top of each other where it once was a functioning city. So, when I lose perspective, I try to remember that we're all just bones trying to get along and we'll all eventually be bones again one day."

ON LIVING TO PLEASE YOURSELF:

Cosmo also asked Stone what makeup she thinks guys like to see a girl wear. Her positively awesome response? "I could care less. I think women should wear whatever makeup they want for themselves. Makeup should be fun."

She later went on to laud her mother once more for her positive influence. In response to a question on critics who bash what she's wearing she responded, "My mom always told me to do what makes me happy and dress for me. I was lucky, when I was young, to have a female role model in my life that was very much about me being myself. And with beauty and fashion, it's supposed to be fun and experimental. I like the individuality of it all."

Go Emma and Mama Stone. You ladies rock.

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