Elizabeth Taylor (February 27th, 1932 – March 23rd, 2011) was a British-American actress. She was one of the most popular stars of Hollywood in the 1950s, became the world's highest paid movie star in the 1960s, and remained a well-known public figure.

Taylor was one of the first celebrities to take part in HIV/AIDS activism, and from the early 1990s until her death, she dedicated her time to philanthropy, receiving several awards. She was also known for being married eight times, surviving several serious illnesses, and owning one of the most expensive private jewelry collections in the world.

Below we list words of wisdom from Elizabeth Taylor:

"I don't have a short temper, I just have a quick reaction to bullshit"

"It's all about hope, kindness and a connection with one another."

"You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves."

"I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being - to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame."

"All of my life I've spent a lot of time with gay men - Montgomery Clift, Jimmy Dean, Rock Hudson - who are my colleagues, coworkers, confidantes, my closest friends, but I never thought of who they slept with! They were just the people I loved. I could never understand why they couldn't be afforded the same rights and protections as all of the rest of us. There is no gay agenda, it's a human agenda"

"Without homosexuals there'd be no Hollywood."

"I used to think that drinking would help my shyness, but all it did was exaggerate all the negative qualities."

"I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS."

"My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked."

"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."

"Give. Remember always to give. That is the one thing that will make you grow."

"You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That's how I've done it. There's no other way."

"I hate the idea of always having to interpret other people's ideas and thoughts and words, because I'm very independent and, I guess, a free thinker."

"I believe in the difference between men and women. In fact, I embrace the difference."

"A belly laugh increases the ability of your immune system to fight infections."

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