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Emma Watson (Pic: Robyn Beck/Getty Images)
Emma Watson (Pic: Robyn Beck/Getty Images)
Emma Watson (Pic: Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Today (April 15) is the 25th birthday of Emma Watson, which probably says something worrying about age and the passing of years for everyone else.

Nonetheless, it seems a good moment to gather together a significant number of inspirational things that she has said, not least because she’s starting to say some pretty great stuff. But it’s also a way of wishing her a happy birthday.

Consider this cap entirely doffed in her direction:

Emma Watson (Pic: Tumblr)

• “If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop.” (Source: Elle)

• “It’s a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.” (Source: Telegraph)

• “The saddest thing a girl can do is dumb herself down for a guy.” (Source: PA)

• “I don’t have perfect teeth. I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.” (Source: Elle)

• “When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear muscle-y, when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist.” (Source: HeForShe)

• “I have felt for the last 10 years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle. I was Warner Bros’ pain in the butt. I was their scheduling conflict. I was the one who made life difficult.” (Source: PA)

• “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Just encourage and include each other, don’t ostracize the gender in front of you.” (Source: Facebook)

• “After I gave my speech [the #HeforShe launch at the UN] there was a website threatening to release naked pictures of me. I knew it was a hoax, but I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but didn’t think it was that urgent, that it was a thing of the past. I was raging, it made me so angry, I was like, this is why I have to be doing this. If anything, if they were trying to put me off it, it did the opposite.” (Source: Facebook)

• “I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.” (Source: Time)

• “I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I’ve earned my own money; I’ve traveled the world. What would I rebel against?” (Source: Marie Claire)

Emma Watson (Pic: Tumblr)

• “I threw my 20th birthday party at Brown, and I didn’t even have to say to anyone not to put pictures on Facebook. Not a single picture went up. That was when I knew I’d found a solid group of friends, and I felt like I belonged.” (Source: PA)

• “It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, ‘Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved.’ I can’t possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyone’s expectations of me are.” (Source: PA)

• “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals.” (Source: HeForShe)

• “I’m excited about the aging process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling.” (Source: Times)

• “I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.” (Source: Vogue)

Emma Watson (Pic: Tumblr)

• “I’ve always been fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor, and I had read that her first kiss happened on a film set, which actually made me a little sad. You need to have normal experiences of your own.” (Source: W Magazine)

• “It’s amazing people get so detached from what they eat and what they wear. No one has any contact with how things are made that are put in their body and put in their mouths and I just find it alarming that no one questions it.” (Source: PA)

• “I’ve always been like that; I give 100 percent. I can’t do it any other way.” (Source: Marie Claire)

• “I just try and surround myself, for the biggest proportion of time that I can, with people who make me feel normal, because constantly feeling abnormal is quite difficult.” (Source: Hollywood Reporter)

• “I don’t think my dad really knew what to do with me, as a daughter. He treated me like a boy; my brother and I were treated the same. He didn’t do kid stuff. There were no kid’s menus; you weren’t allowed to order off the kid’s menu at dinner—we had to try something from the adult menu.” (Source: GQ)

And finally, the one that summarizes all the others:

• “I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.” (Source: Elle)

See more:
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Filed Under: Emma Watson, Quotes
By Fraser McAlpine