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117 Inspiring Quotes by Nicole Kidman

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Nicole Kidman

Nicole Mary Kidman (born 20 June 1967) is an American-born Australian actress, producer and singer. She has received many accolades throughout her career, including two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and an Academy Award from four nominations. She was ranked among the world's highest-paid actresses in 2006, 2018, and 2019. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and again in 2018. In 2020, The New York Times ranked her fifth on its list of the greatest actors of the 21st century up to that point.

Kidman began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 films Bush Christmas and BMX Bandits. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller film Dead Calm and the miniseries Bangkok Hilton. In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut in the racing film Days of Thunder, opposite Tom Cruise. She went on to achieve wider recognition with lead roles in Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), To Die For (1995) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Kidman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for portraying the writer Virginia Woolf in the drama The Hours (2002). Her other Oscar-nominated roles were as a courtesan in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) and emotionally troubled mothers in the dramas Rabbit Hole (2010) and Lion (2016). Kidman's other film credits include The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Dogville (2003), Birth (2004), Australia (2008), The Paperboy (2012), Paddington (2014), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Destroyer (2018), Aquaman (2018) and Bombshell (2019).

Kidman's television roles include Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012), Big Little Lies (2017–2019), Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017), and The Undoing (2020). For Big Little Lies, she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Limited Series (as executive producer).

Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2006, she was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia. Since she was born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman holds dual citizenship of Australia and the United States. In 2010, she founded the production company Blossom Films. She was married to actor Tom Cruise from 1990 to 2001, and has been married to country music singer Keith Urban since 2006.

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I think each role takes a little from you and circles around you for the rest of your life. I don't think you ever abandon any of them.

--Nicole Kidman


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I believe in continuing to put love and kindness and compassion and art into the world.

--Nicole Kidman

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The journey of life -- we all go through it: You have love, you lose love, you find new love. To have love again is a beautiful thing.

--Nicole Kidman

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Having gone through all of this, I feel in some ways calmer now. It's strange, but sad. I think I'll always be sad.

--Nicole Kidman

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There's just something about women and shoes, it's the luxury, it's the femininity and it's the attention to detail. You can put a lot of work into your dress but if you have the right shoe and bag then you feel good.

--Nicole Kidman

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I would rather be tough on myself than have other people be tough on me.

--Nicole Kidman

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It's very easy to fall in love when things are great, but the way to really fall in love is when things aren't great.

--Nicole Kidman

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Since I have fair skin, I have to stay out of the sun. I can't stand the sun. I dyed my hair red for a while during the 1990s but I'm actually a natural blonde.

--Nicole Kidman


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I do have to say my daughter, Sunday, said to me I was being overprotective, so you must have been a fly on the wall.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'm especially interested in helping to give visibility to the pandemic of violence against women.

--Nicole Kidman

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I think that divorce is hard for anyone. It's a nightmare -- it just is -- and you can pretend you're fine. And there are days you're great and days you're not great.

--Nicole Kidman

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If you enter the dark side of life, and come through it, you emerge with more strength and passion.

--Nicole Kidman

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I don't really celebrate fame because I get enough attention.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'm drawn to the psychology of really interesting, flawed people.

--Nicole Kidman

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LIfe has got all those twists and turns. You've got to hold on tight and off you go.

--Nicole Kidman

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I want to be contributing and working with people that I like and love, and this was the perfect combination.

--Nicole Kidman

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An actor who's a control freak, that doesn't work. We have to be malleable. We cannot come in and try to control or dominate.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'm always happy to play the bad girl. I just get to have fun, and it's obviously all done with a smile.

--Nicole Kidman

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If you're going to be with someone, you're with them, you're committed to them. I'm not sort of flitting around.

--Nicole Kidman

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Salary stories are intrusive. Do you ask your neighbour what they earn for their job?

--Nicole Kidman

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I just want to be nominated; beggars can't be choosers.

--Nicole Kidman

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You can ask me pretty much anything. There'll be things I'll go, 'That feels a little too personal.' But most things I don't have a fear of being asked about.

--Nicole Kidman

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Your confidence grows as you get older, particularly when you're in a loving relationship. Everything strengthens.

--Nicole Kidman

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The things that go on in my head are far more interesting than what actually happens.

--Nicole Kidman

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Sometimes your mistakes are you biggest virtues. You learn so much from the mistake. Those things that you think are the worst thing that's happening to you can somehow turn around and be the greatest opportunity.

--Nicole Kidman

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I don't really make decisions, I go with the flow.

--Nicole Kidman

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I think we do need radicals. We need extremists, because that's how change happens.

--Nicole Kidman

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I think I would be very sad if I wasn't able to have a baby.

--Nicole Kidman

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The loss of a child is the most terrifying place for me to go.

--Nicole Kidman


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I don't believe in having body doubles for a film.

--Nicole Kidman


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Violence against women is an appalling human rights violation. But it is not inevitable. We can put a stop to this.

--Nicole Kidman

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The ancient Greeks, poets, authors and philosophers all puzzled over the question but nobody really knows what love is -- including me. Longing for another person is an exciting mental experience.

--Nicole Kidman

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What's the point of doing something good if nobody's watching?

--Nicole Kidman

Longer Version:

What's the point of doing something good if nobody's watching.


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Even from a very early age, I knew I didn't want to miss out on anything life had to offer just because it might be considered dangerous.

--Nicole Kidman

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If I fall over and make mistakes, I'll pick myself back up and hope for the best and try to conduct myself with as much authenticity and moral code.

--Nicole Kidman

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It's a very brave thing to fall in love. You have to be willing to trust somebody else with your whole being, and that's very difficult, really difficult and very brave.

--Nicole Kidman

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I have a little bit of a belly, a tiny bit of pooch. It's the one thing I don't want to lose. I just like having some softness. If I lose that, then Tom might leave me.

--Nicole Kidman

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I kept looking for happiness, and then I realized: This is it. It's a moment, and it comes, and it goes, and it'll come back again. I yearn for things, but at the same time I'm just peaceful.

--Nicole Kidman

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I believe the experiences of life are more important than any film you make.

--Nicole Kidman


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Honestly, people have said everything under the sun. I just want to do my work, raise my kids, and hopefully find somebody who I can share my life with again.

--Nicole Kidman

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I love that "Big Little Lies" is about women coming together and making something happen very quickly, with friendship being the core of it.

--Nicole Kidman


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I always wanted to get married with just candles! I think candlelight is the most beautiful light there is and there's something very spiritual about it.

--Nicole Kidman

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I yearn for things, but at the same time I am just peaceful.

--Nicole Kidman


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Having your work be the basis of fame, that's a far more stable feeling.

--Nicole Kidman

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These different people that I play become the loves of my life.

--Nicole Kidman

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I think love is the core emotion. Without that, and I've certainly existed without that, it's a very empty life.

--Nicole Kidman

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I wouldn't want to be married to me, but luckily Tom Cruise does.

--Nicole Kidman

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If you've got red hair, try washing it in cranberry juice. And, if you're blonde, a champagne rinse can work wonders.

--Nicole Kidman

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I never knew I'd be in a musical, let alone win an award for one.

--Nicole Kidman

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I love working with people who are inspired and obsessive.

--Nicole Kidman

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I like bold directors. I like directors that go against the norm in a way.

--Nicole Kidman


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I never read reviews at all. I'm proud of the work I did.

--Nicole Kidman

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It's the warmest, loveliest community I've ever set foot in. For me, it's the perfect place to live. It's the best part of America.

--Nicole Kidman

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You'll nip anybody who's coming at you with bullshit. You don't play around. You take this craft very seriously. It's what separates you, what separates an actor from an artist.

--Nicole Kidman


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I was taught a very strong work ethic that included punctuality, which I've always felt is a sign of respect for others.

--Nicole Kidman

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You can still fight when someone can't talk.

--Nicole Kidman


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Someone has to die in order that the rest of should value life more. It's contrast.

--Nicole Kidman

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If you take care of the woman in the family, the whole family prospers. But when the mother falters, the family falls apart.

--Nicole Kidman

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Yippee! I can't believe I made it. It feels like a long haul to get here. I'm so fine with it. People want you to have some sort of breakdown, but I'm relieved to be 40 years old, and I've lived a life.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'd like to be wise. You have to go through a lot to get there, but I'm willing to go through a lot.

--Nicole Kidman

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I don't mind being naked.

--Nicole Kidman

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Acting for me is not a business, it's about trying to make pieces of art that I believe that I feel proud of. And it's the journey of that.

--Nicole Kidman


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I didn't really care about my physical health; I only cared about what was on screen.

--Nicole Kidman



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It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to my system.

--Nicole Kidman

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I love acting, but it's much more fun taking the kids to the zoo.

--Nicole Kidman

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It's very, very rare to find five roles in one piece where we'd all jump at the chance to play any of them.

--Nicole Kidman


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Acting runs through my blood. There is some sort of creative desire to express myself and I would need that outlet. Otherwise I would be a nightmare to live with.

--Nicole Kidman

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Forget the past. You can never predict what the future is going to be. Live for the moment.

--Nicole Kidman

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I want to go home at night and feel discomfort.

--Nicole Kidman


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Ultimately, you're left with the people you love and who love you- everything else fades into oblivion.

--Nicole Kidman

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In my heart I'm independent, a bit of a rebel, a nonconformist.

--Nicole Kidman


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I'm trying to find a man to share my life with, but it's not been easy. I'm a 35-year-old woman with two small children.

--Nicole Kidman

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They give us access to another world, they give us access to dreams. It's our way of living in a different realm for a short period of time -- and how beautiful is that?

--Nicole Kidman


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One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time.

--Nicole Kidman

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It's my job as an actor to commit to the role and not -- through my own inhibitions -- run away.

--Nicole Kidman

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Part of the reason of being an actor is you like playing other people's lives and exploring all the psychologies in that and the emotions.

--Nicole Kidman

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You have to operate from the sense of everything is new and you're starting again.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'm spontaneous. I jump in. I kind of like getting married and then getting to know each other; I know that it sounds incredibly strange, but to me, it's a more natural process.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'm very much an admirer of people who are reaching for things and trying to survive.

--Nicole Kidman



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My choices in films are spontaneous.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'm a woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister. I'm a real person operating in the world. For me to discuss the most private thing feels wrong. It feels like I'm betraying myself and my children.

--Nicole Kidman

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I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive.

--Nicole Kidman

Longer Version:

I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said 'Nic, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is.'


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I wear sunscreen, and I don't smoke. I take care of myself. And I'm very proud to say that.

--Nicole Kidman

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No matter how much you're going to be criticized or no matter how big of a risk it is, the boldness is the thing that helps you.

--Nicole Kidman

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I love acting but I don't like all of the other stuff associated with it. The interest in celebrities, the press, the Internet, when your identity becomes mixed up in the way people are perceiving you.

--Nicole Kidman

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The reality of one night, let alone that of a whole lifetime, can never be the whole truth.

--Nicole Kidman

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I think having my life be as private and quiet as possible is a way in which then I can go and play characters.

--Nicole Kidman

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People can tell you what to do, but ultimately, we're all going to die, so how do you want to live?

--Nicole Kidman


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I'm a person that carries everything that happened to me in my past, with me into the future. I refuse to let it make me bitter. I still completely believe in love and I remain open to anything that will happen to me.

--Nicole Kidman

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I have a different approach. I don't file lawsuits because I really don't care.

--Nicole Kidman

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I just feel my way through. If I had to give an acting class, I wouldn't know what to do.

--Nicole Kidman

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I've always loved the drama and the creating of a role and performance and all that comes with that, but I then also kind of like to have just the white picket fence life if that makes sense.

--Nicole Kidman

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I never wore glasses except when I had to read a teleprompter at an awards show or drive, so I didn't notice much. I could exist in my head. It was kind of my escape from the world and my protection.

--Nicole Kidman

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You don't have to be naked to be sexy.

--Nicole Kidman

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Now, after divorce with Tom Cruise, I can wear heels.

--Nicole Kidman


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I think at some stage, I would love to have another child. I would love to settle into a relationship that was really important to me. I actually am not good at the balance at that.

--Nicole Kidman

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