12 Best Quotes From Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o, a Mexico City-born, Kenyan-raised actress, recently attracted attention and widespread admiration as she won her first Academy Award for supporting actress for her role in "12 Years a Slave" at the Oscars 2014. Following are 12 best quotes from the 31-year-old star.

“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid.”

“I definitely intend to create my own work in the future so that we don't have to keep saying, We don't have work for black women.”

“You can’t eat beauty, it doesn't feed you...beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful, is compassion--for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

(Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

(Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

“I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that.”

“What I will say is that what I have learned for myself is that I don’t have to be anybody else; and that myself is good enough; and that when I am being true to that self, then I can avail myself to extraordinary things...You have to allow for the impossible to be possible.”

“I thought I was going to school to be other people, but really, what I learned was to be myself - accepting myself, my strengths and weaknesses.”

(Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)

(Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)

“I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you, young girls, on a beautiful journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”

“I want to be uncomfortable - acting is uncomfortable.”

“It's great to have something to dress up for. You know, I spent three years in slacks at drama school, so now I like putting a dress on.”

(Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)

(Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)

“Personally, I don't ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful.”

“When I was younger, I was almost too afraid to admit that I wanted to be an actor.”

“As human beings, we aren't as individual as we'd like to believe we are. And I think that's what makes acting possible. Despite the fact that I have not experienced something, I have it in my human capacity to imagine it and to put myself in someone else's shoes, and to take someone else's circumstances personally.”

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This article was published on 2014/03/17
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