From Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai to Kanye West and Lena Dunham, these are the quotes that sum up 2014. What a year it has been!
‘And to my hero. That’s who I chase. Now when I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say “who’s your hero?” And I said, “I don’t know, I gotta think about that. Give me a couple of weeks.” I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says “who’s your hero?” I said, “I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.” So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, “So, are you a hero?” And I was like, “not even close. No, no, no.” She said, “Why?” I said, “Because my hero’s me at 35.” So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero’s always 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing,’ Matthew McConaughey thanks himself during his Oscar acceptance speech.
‘I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime,’ Taylor Swift
‘Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up… this was p***ing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding. I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity. Because Annie pulled out, I was like, “Okay, I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz,” and we sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-colour.’ Kanye West on his and Kim Kardashian’s official wedding photo.
‘As a role model I’m not saying anyone else should do that, but for me it was an art project and it taught me to do what you want to do. I’m never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself. I love the photos, I did it for me, I hope other people like them,’ Kim Kardashian on THAT #BreakTheInternet shoot.
‘This attitude of churlish indifference seems like nerdish deference contrasted with the belligerent antipathy of the indigenous farm folk, who regard the hippie-dippie interlopers, the denizens of the shimmering tit temples, as one fey step away from transvestites,’ come again, Russell Brand?
‘I feel very, very close – much closer – to other women, and women who are going through the same thing. Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children.’ Angelina Jolie on how revealing her double mastectomy changed her.
‘I’m young, I’m having fun, I don’t want to pretend to be something I’m not,’ Cara Delevingne on her sexuality.
‘The love I have, for my music, for my husband, for my child, is something that will last far beyond my life.’ Beyoncé gets deep and hints that she’s immortal.
‘I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop,’ Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign speech at the UN.
‘Are you married yet? Have you had babies yet? It’s constant. I don’t know. I don’t have this checklist of things that have to be done and if I’ve not checked them I’ve failed some part of my feminism, or my value as a woman because I haven’t birthed a child. I’ve birthed many things and I feel like I’ve mothered many things. I don’t think it’s fair to put that pressure on people.’ Jennifer Aniston on constantly being asked why she’s not had children.
‘My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams. To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him every day, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you,’ Sarah Michelle Gellar on the death of Robin Williams.
‘Performing in sex scenes that I direct, exposing a flash of my weird puffy nipple, those things don’t fall into my zone of terror,’ Lena Dunham on all those naked scenes in Girls.
‘I would just like to say to my bride-to-be, Amal, that I love you very much and I can’t wait to be your husband,’ George Clooney, we never thought we’d see the day.
‘I’m a lot more closed off and frankly probably rude. I mean, I’m from Kentucky. I used to be very personable and make eye contact and smile at people, and now all I do is look down. When I’m at dinner and one person after another keeps interrupting to take pictures, it’s like, ‘I can’t live like this,’ Jennifer Lawrence on the price of fame.
‘Half of my life I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m funny-looking and ugly. The other half of my life I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m fascinating. Everything neutralises,’ FKA Twigs on letting the haters get her down.
‘It’s such a cold night and it’s the only time I’ve actively been grateful for menopause. I’ve been entirely comfortable.’ Emma Thompson, we heart you.
‘One of the things I tell people is that [Big] never tried to pretend he was anything other than what he was. It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn’t. He was always honest about himself — he never cheated on her. The relationship just didn’t work, and he went on to get married while she went on to…how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore! [laughs] There’s a misconception that Carrie was a victim of him, and that’s not the case — she was a strong, smart woman,’ Chris Noth puts his foot in it
‘I can go for a run here on my own. I do every morning, early, and I think how my friends in New York would still be up partying at that time. I needed to grow up and London is a better place for me to do that than anywhere else,’ Lindsay Lohanon the healing power of Blighty life.
‘I’d let both those motherfu**ers drown!’ Jennifer Lopez on which ex she’d save if they were drowning, Ben Affleck or P Diddy.
‘We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.’ Gwyneth Paltrow’s announcement of her split with Chris Martin.
‘I can’t wait to see my brother suffer more, and with any luck if it’s a girl, then he’ll suffer even greater. I’d love to see him try and cope with that,’ Prince Harry on the news the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second child.
‘The definition of relief is being the prime minister of the United Kingdom and ringing the Queen and saying: “It’s alright, it’s OK.” That was something. She purred down the line,’ David Cameron on the Queen’s reaction to the Scottish referendum vote.
‘I did, and that’s why I took some time off, and then I kind of developed an F-you attitude. You’re going to write stuff, doesn’t matter what I do you’re going to write crap, you’re going to make stuff up, you’re going to sensationalise stuff. So I may as well do what I love and you’re still gonna write it anyway,’ Cheryl Cole on why she doesn’t sweat the small stuff anymore.
‘I feel much stronger after the attack that I endured, because I know no one can stop me, or stop us, because now we are millions, standing up together,’ Malala Yousafzai in her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
‘I’m going to decide when it feels right for me to decide. Certainly not before then [the end of 2014]. I just want to kind of get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall, and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses about what I will, and will not, be thinking about as I make the decision,’ Hilary Clinton on when she’ll decide if she’ll run for President in 2016.
‘Not that important,’ Harry Styles on gender in a relationship.
‘I’ve always worked. The Spice Girls had a crazy schedule. I can’t imagine what I’d do all day if I didn’t work. I’m lucky that I do something I love, and I am proud as I think it’s a positive message to give to young women: if you want to have a career, and be married with children, then you can. It’s full-on, but it’s doable,’ Victoria Beckham on women having it all.
‘I wasn’t a follower of fashion. It was a world unknown. Then I met my stylist, Micaela Erlanger and we came to interpret my style. I don’t dress to impress; I don’t feel that pressure,’ Lupita Nyong’o, arguably the best dressed woman of 2014.
‘I wouldn’t say [marriage is] just a title. There’s more to it than that,’ Brad Pitt on how it feels to be married to Angelina Jolie.