30 Carol Burnett Quotes to Spread Optimism and Joy


Pursuing your dreams is never an easy feat, but they can happen. Even the slightest chance is still a chance. Still having doubts that you can make it? These Carol Burnett quotes might convince you otherwise.

American actress, comedian, singer, and writer Carol Burnett was born on April 26, 1933. She discovered her knack for comedy and acting when attending UCLA. She didn’t finish college though as she traveled to New York to pursue an acting career.

Her big break came in 1959, performing in Once Upon a Mattress, which earned her a Tony nomination. Soon, she starred in the television program The Garry Moore Show where she received her first Emmy Award. Her greatest success was when she became the star of her own show, The Carol Burnett Show, from 1967 to 1978.

Both she and the show won several awards during its run on CBS, including Emmy and Golden Globes. Her work here also solidified her presence on television. She has since continued her work on film and television up to this day. Just last year, A Little Help with Carol Burnett premiered on Netflix.

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Burnett’s journey to stardom was not without hardships. At a young age, she was raised by her grandmother as a result of both her parents’ alcoholism. But that didn’t stop her to live with optimism and believe in herself regardless of her struggles in the past. Here are 30 Carol Burnett quotes to inspire you to do the same.

You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That’s an education in itself. – Carol Burnett

My childhood was rough, we were poor and my parents were alcoholics, but nobody was mean. I knew I was loved. We were on welfare, but I never felt abandoned or unloved. – Carol Burnett

Cavort, dear, just cavort. – Carol Burnett

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I’m not always optimistic. You wouldn’t have all cylinders cooking if you were always like Mary Poppins. – Carol Burnett

Because nobody goes through life without a scar. – Carol Burnett

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Celebrity was a long time in coming; it will go away. Everything goes away. – Carol Burnett

I never regretted turning down anything, I never regretted losing a job because I always felt something else was out there. – Carol Burnett

No one ever said life was fair. Just Eventful. – Carol Burnett

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I always preferred working with somebody so I could look into their eyeballs and play tennis. – Carol Burnett

If you see a kid in school, who is a little shy … that’s when you should reach out. When you do, you are going to open up a flower and discover something wonderful. – Carol Burnett

When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. – Carol Burnett

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It all happened the way it was supposed to. I wouldn’t change anything. I had such a great run. – Carol Burnett

If you want to know the feeling [of labor pain], just take your bottom lip and pull it over your head. – Carol Burnett

I’m like your mother, your sister, whatever. – Carol Burnett

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You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can’t say I’m glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy. – Carol Burnett

Before you go to bed, write down three ‘gratefuls’ for the day and three ‘did wells’ (they can even include something as simple as doing the laundry)-the results can be amazing! – Carol Burnett

When I went to New York to try and make it, I never thought it wouldn’t happen. – Carol Burnett

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When things are a disappointment, try not to be so discouraged. – Carol Burnett

We all get where we’re going by circuitous journeys, and some of the setbacks are warranted. – Carol Burnett

I think the reason I was successful is that I was never cynical. – Carol Burnett

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You have to really want it, and don’t take it personally if you don’t get a job. Because sometimes you’re not the type. And sometimes it’s somebody else’s turn. – Carol Burnett

But I didn’t ask to have somebody nose around in my private life. I didn’t even ask to be famous. All I asked was to be able to earn a living making people laugh. – Carol Burnett

Adolescence is just one big walking pimple. – Carol Burnett

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Just scream! You vent, and the body just feels good after a good old yell. – Carol Burnett

But I don’t begrudge anybody, because I know how hard it is to have that dream and to make it happen, whether or not it’s just to put a roof over your head and food on the table. – Carol Burnett

I couldn’t get the laughter out of my head. It wasn’t career. It wasn’t even a choice. It was a calling. – Carol Burnett

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On the good days, my mother would haul out the ukulele and we’d sit around the kitchen table – it was a cardboard table with a linoleum top – and sing. – Carol Burnett

The first time someone said, ‘What are your measurements?’ I answered, ’37, 24, 38 – but not necessarily in that order.’ – Carol Burnett

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Ask anyone who’s successful how they got there, you’re going to hear a different story. – Carol Burnett

I’m really not that funny in real life! But I am the best audience one could find. I love to laugh. – Carol Burnett

Everyone needs a push sometimes. Share these 30 Carol Burnett quotes to inspire friends and loved ones to work harder and never give up.

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