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My songs are not pretty. They're what I call optimistic realism.


Laura Marling

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LAURA DEKKER
I really like boats. If you want to go somewhere, you just take your house with you.
LAURA DEKKER
As soon as I get on my boat, something inside me changes. Then I really feel what living is.
LAURA DEKKER
There is no way I'd have wanted to live in the Twenties. It was really crap for women.
LAURA CARMICHAEL
I think as an actor you're used to having to travel, so wherever the work, is you're willing...
LAURA CARMICHAEL
As actors, you play people who are not yourselves!
LAURA CARMICHAEL
I'm from Southampton.
LAURA CARMICHAEL
I did all sorts of jobs after drama school - working in a bar, as a teaching assistant. I probably l...
LAURA CARMICHAEL
I cry at films and TV and even adverts.
LAURA CARMICHAEL
I've not sat with my agent going: 'Where is the next hopeless girl I can play?' They jus...
LAURA CARMICHAEL
I love revenge.
LAURA SCHLESSINGER
If you're a liberal, anything you say is protected. If you're a conservative, anything you s...
LAURA SCHLESSINGER
Don't worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its ow...
LAURA SCHLESSINGER
Men are very emotionally dependent upon women from the day they are born to the day they expire.
LAURA SCHLESSINGER
I think there are so many phenomenal runners. I grew up watching Cathy Freeman, Kelly Holmes, and Mi...
LAURA ROBSON
There's a puppy store near where I live. They know me by name in there because I go so often.
LAURA ROBSON
When you go in and guest-star on a TV show, they already have their family - everybody pretty much k...
LAURA RAMSEY
Free love sounds great.
LAURA PREPON
I'm the type of person that will do triple sessions in one day. I'll do Pilates, I'll do...
LAURA PREPON
My vintage Levi's are my favorite on the show, 'cause they really fit.
LAURA PREPON
For me, personally, I watch pretty much everything on Netflix, and I watch all the episodes in a row...
LAURA PREPON
And my mouth is not a sewer, although some people may think it is.
LAURA PREPON
Though my plans at the moment are vague, I can assure you that I'll never run for the Senate in ...
LAURA BUSH
I'm not the one who was elected. I would never do anything to undermine my husband's point o...
LAURA BUSH
Politics is a people business. I like people.
LAURA BUSH
Any first lady can do whatever they want to do. In this country, people expect them to work on whate...
LAURA BUSH
I want to move people the way Edith Piaf did.
LAURA BRANIGAN
A lot of times, when you're the leading lady, you get to sing heartwarming songs and that's ...
LAURA BENANTI
I was not a fan of the Bush administration, as I think many of us were not.
LAURA BENANTI
My mother was an actress and my voice teacher, an incredible voice teacher. My biological father is ...
LAURA BENANTI
Men are like a deck of cards. You'll find the occasional king, but most are jacks.
LAURA SWENSON
The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am, they reveal who I am
LAURA SCHLESSINGER
Without dignity, identity is erased.
LAURA HILLENBRAND
Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even...
LAURA HILLENBRAND
A fine dress on a homely maiden is never enough of a distraction. It can convey a sense of wealth an...
LAURA MONCUR
Appearances are not the full cloth of a woman, but they are the most readily seen.
LAURA MONCUR
A scoundrel will forever be a scoundrel, no matter which coat he wears.
LAURA MONCUR
There is nothing like the razor sharp tongue of a good friend to cut through the lies we tell oursel...
LAURA MONCUR
However difficult it is to be the homely friend of a reputed beauty, there are certain benefits. Mos...
LAURA MONCUR
Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves; we nee...
LAURA ESQUIVEL
Life ain't like books. Books got somebody writin' 'em and tryin' to entertain ya. Life is more like ...
LAURA MONCUR
Sometimes ya gotta do stuff 'cause it's expected of ya, not 'cause of anything else.
LAURA MONCUR