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Quotes From Famous '80s Icons

Updated on August 19, 2019

Growing up in the 80s

The 80s were a wonderful time to be a child. Playing outside could be done without the worries of today, it was a more innocent time. Playing Atari and Pac Man, or figuring out how to solve the Rubik's Cube, these were some of the worries of growing up in the 80s. Of course, we also wanted our MTV!

Fun was what the 80s were all about. While grown-ups worried about the Iran Contra Affair, we were phoning home, trying to get back to the future, or cutting school with Ferris Bueller.

Guys were out learning how to break dance while girls wearing biker shorts under their shorts watched, talking about which guy was cutest. Oh, and don't forget about the big hair, every inch plastered into place....

Princess Diana

~ Life is just a journey. ~

~ I wear my heart on my sleeve.~

~ Only do what your heart tells you. ~

~ Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. ~

~ Family is the most important thing in the world. ~

~ When you are happy you can forgive a great deal. ~

~ Hugs can do great amounts of good - especially for children.~

~ It is a weakness that I lead from my heart, and not my head? ~

~ I don't go by the rule book...I lead from the heart, not the head. ~

~ There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded. ~

~ Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back. ~

~ They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody? ~

Ronald Reagan

~ Facts are stubborn things. ~

~ Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall! ~

~ Don't be afraid to see what you see. ~

~ How can a president not be an actor? ~

~ Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. ~

~ All great change in America begins at the dinner table. ~

~ Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~

~ We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. ~

~ If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen. ~

~ Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets. ~

~ I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.~

~ I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon. ~

~ You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. ~

~ Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years. ~

~ It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance? ~

~ No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting. ~

~ Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer. ~

~ I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.~

Michael J. Fox

~ Happiness is a decision. ~

~ Pain is temporary, film is forever. ~

~ A creative mess is better than idle tidiness. ~

~ Family is not an important thing, it's everything. ~

~ In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings. ~

~ Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it saved my ass. ~

~ What other people think about me is not my business.~

~ The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity. ~

~ I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business. ~

~ One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered. ~

~ The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It's got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot. ~

Richard Gere

~ I cry every chance I get. ~

~ Everyone responds to kindness. ~

~The secret of my success is my hairspray. ~

~ I don't know any of us who are in relationships that are totally honest - it doesn't exist. ~

~ I don't think that bravery is about skin. Bravery is about a willingness to show emotional need. ~

Julia Roberts

~ A fever is an expression of inner rage. ~

~ True love doesn't come to you it has to be inside you. ~

~ I'm too tall to be a girl. I'm between a chick and a broad.~

~ Happiness isn't happiness unless there's a violin playing goat. ~

~ Show me a person who doesn't like to laugh and I'll show you a person with a toe tag. ~

~ If you love someone, you say it, right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by. ~

~ You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness. ~

Although Pretty Woman came out in 1990 (close enough to the 80s), both stars were icons in many movies made during the 80s including: American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman, Mystic Pizza, and Steel Magnolias.


~ Never forget to dream. ~

~ My priority is my family, absolutely, 100 percent. ~

~ I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. ~

~ Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done. ~

~ I am a survivor. I am like a cockroach, you just can't get rid of me. ~

~ Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another. ~

~ I think you can be defiant and rebellious and still be strong and positive. ~

~ Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind. ~

~ I'm not interested in being Wonder Woman in the delivery room. Give me drugs. ~

~ Freedom comes when you learn to let go. Creation comes when you learn to say no. ~

~ I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams. ~

~ A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want. ~

~ Family is everything. Family comes first. It's not what I expected it to be, but nothing ever is. ~

~ To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don't want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt. ~

Harrison Ford

~ Parenting is an impossible job at any age. ~

~ To me, success is choice and opportunity. ~

~ The third time you say a thing it sounds like a lie. ~

~ There is no child left within me, none whatsoever. ~

~ If I were a serious person, I'd probably have a real job. ~

~ You may get real tired watching me, but I'm not going to quit. ~

~ I could take Sean Connery in a fight... I could definitely take him. ~

~ Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice. ~

~ Harrison Ford may be getting old, but he can fight like a 28 year old man.~

~ We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~

~ I love the comic opportunities that come up in the context of a father-son relationship. ~

~ My older kids are fantastic people. It can't be the result of my influence on them.~

~ You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them. ~

~ It's very little trouble for me to accomodate my fans, unless I'm actually taking a pee at the time. ~

Jack Nicholson

~ Acting is everybody's favorite second job. ~

~ I've been too many places. I'm like the bad penny. ~

~ The minute that you're not learning I believe you're dead.~

~ My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch. ~

~ With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60. ~

~ There's only two people in your life you should lie to, the police and your girlfriend. ~

~ I'll tell you one thing: Don't ever give anybody your best advice, because they're not going to follow it. ~

Jon Bon Jovi

~ Success is falling nine times and getting up ten. ~

~ Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate. ~

~ Map out your future, but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip. ~

~ Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you. ~

~ Don't get too comfortable with who you are at any given time, you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be. ~

~ Each one of you has something no one else has, or has ever had: your fingerprints, your brain, your heart. Be an individual. Be unique. Stand out. Make noise. Make someone notice. That's the power of individuals. ~

~ Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will.~

Bruce Springsteen

~ Talk about a dream, try to make it real. ~

~ When it comes to luck, you make your own. ~

~ Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier. ~

~ In America everything's about who's number one today.~

~ You've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above.~

~ Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.~

~ Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse? ~

~ It's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin and can't stand the company. ~

~ The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with. ~

~ I was unrecognizable to myself; I saw my reflection in a window; I didn't know my own face. ~

~ Some guys they just give up living, others start dying little by little piece by piece, some guys come home from work and wash up, and go racing in the streets. ~

~ I think that your entire life is a process of sorting out some of those early messages that you got. ~


~ To me marriage is for five or ten years. ~

~ Men aren't necessities. They're luxuries. ~

~ Don't take your toys inside just because it's raining. ~

~ Men should be like Kleenex, soft, strong and disposable. ~

~ I'm still friends with all my exes, apart from my husbands. ~

~ Husbands are like fires, they go out when they're left unattended. ~

~ If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.~

~ I would have gone home to my mother, but I'm not that crazy about my mother. ~

~ Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great. ~

~ I've always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me. ~

~ The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing, and then marry him. ~

~ A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones.~


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      Jake Harold 

      9 years ago

      Here's another Michael J Fox quote: Doc, are telling me that you built a time machine... out of a Dolorean?

    • scarlton profile imageAUTHOR

      Shana Hurt 

      9 years ago from Boonville

      Glad you enjoyed it :) Thanks for reading!!

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      9 years ago

      Awesome list :)


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