My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.— Patty Duke
The most proven Patty Duke quotes that will activate your inner potential
It's toughest to forgive ourselves. So it's probably best to start with other people. It's almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.
When I'm 80 and sitting in a rocking chair listening to the Rolling Stones, there is absolutely no way I'm going to feel old or forget my younger days.
From the moment we walk out the door until we come back home our sensibilities are so assaulted by the world that we have to soak up as much love as we can get, simply to arm ourselves.
I tell people to monitor their self-pity. Self-pity is very unattractive.
Sometimes it is the simplest, seemingly most inane, most practical stuff that matters the most to someone.
I still have highs and lows, just like any other person.
What's missing is the lack of control over the super highs, which became destructive, and the super lows, which are immediately destructive.
Actors take risks all the time. We put ourselves on the line. It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words and breathe life into them.
All I will tell you is that I play a small role in someone's happily ever after.
The mania started with insomnia and not eating and being driven, driven to find an apartment, driven to see everybody, driven to do New York, driven to never shut up.
Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
I never did quite fit the glamour mode. It is life with my husband and family that is my high now.
For the first time, I lived alone... in a luxury apartment on Sunset Strip. For a few days I loved the idea, but I got lonely and restless.
I know that without treatment I would not have never been able to harness my creativity in such a successful way.
I joke around a lot about the manic times because they're funny.
We manics do outrageous things and it is part of our colorful nature.
You can have manic-depression without having an ounce of creativity.
No matter what your laundry list of requirements in choosing a mate, there has to be an element of good luck and good fortune and good timing.
We have developed this unbelievable ability to deny. We have to. If we didn't, we'd go crazy.
Women who put on a few pounds after starting lithium sometimes say the cure is worse than the disease. The weight gain shoots them straight into depression.
One of the things I've discovered in general about raising kids is that they really don't give a damn if you walked five miles to school.
When I don't know what the music is going to be for a scene, I imagine some sort of orchestration going on and damned if they don't usually come up with a similar kind of thing.
I think my real depressions started when I was about 16 and doing The Patty Duke Show. I would go to bed at about 10 o'clock on a Friday night and not get up again until 6:30 Monday morning.
We call my son's role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy Sean's little independent movie.
I'm living out a childhood fantasy. Our house is in a historic district of a small town that I used to read about in storybooks.
I'm not sure I want all my neuroses cleared up.
I'm going to be 58, and I'm a woman. In this business, that seems to be a bigger crime than being mentally ill.
I've come to believe that whoever I am didn't start on December 14, 1946, and isn't going to end on whatever that mysterious date is in the future.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Award that I received for women's rights activities is one I treasure.
I believe that all the important people in my life prior to 1982 were victimized by my illness.
I have two books that were published quite some time ago.
I start to read about three sentences. I have to close it. I am so self-conscious. Who did I think I was?
I can't even remember how many times I tried to kill myself.
The panic attacks - I still have them.
They started when I was around 8. They always have to do with my death.
I had been very close to Anne Bancroft when we worked together in The Miracle Worker.
I kind of like the position of being the fair-haired savior of my mother.
If I have any message for others, it is to go for help early and not to be a resistant patient.
I have a picture of myself in my mind as I walk around every day, until I look in the mirror-and then I'm stunned.
I knew from a very young age that there was something very wrong with me.
Reality is hard. It is no walk in the park, this thing called Life.
The doctors must tell you that one of the risks of surgery is that you might die. This poor doctor was talking to an actress. It was very dramatic to me. To him, it was just a thing he had to say.
I can't tell you what I had for breakfast, but I can sing every single word of rock and roll.
... I went through a very lethargic period ... I was just sort of getting through every night and every day.
I have been afraid all my life that I am going to die.
All my life it has been stuffed in my imagination.