Life advice from celebrities

A round-up of life advice from celebrities, including the power of eyebrows and monkeys.

Helen Mirren on things she'd tell her hypothetical daughter: "[The] first words I would have taught her would have been “f*** off” because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, “No, f*** off, leave me alone, thank you very much."

Robert Downey Jr on the power of perception: "I'm thinking of buying a monkey. Then I think, "Why stop at one?" I don't like being limited in that way. Therefore, I'm considering a platoon of monkeys, so that people will look at me and see how mellow and well-adjusted i am compared to these monkeys throwing feces around."

Bono on the brutality of self-reflection: "Look, I'm sick of Bono and I AM Bono.”

Bono on the evils of hyperbole: "“For all that "I was lost, I am found," it is probably more accurate to say, "I was really lost, I'm a little less so at the moment.”

Gwyneth Paltrow on nutrition: "I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin."

Gwyneth Paltrow on what it feels like to be Gwyneth Paltrow: "Some days I feel like everyone in my world has plugged themselves into my kidneys. I'm so tired."

Russell Brand on Daily Mail: "In practice what it is, is distilled evil and cruelty, designed to make you feel utterly afraid, full of self-loathing and unwilling ever to leave your house”.

Russell Brand on the correct attitude to life and adaptability: "I'll not be changing, but America will."

Jennifer Lawrence on the normal human response to exercise: "I hate saying, 'I like exercising' — I want to punch people who say that."

George Clooney on excellent insults: “There’s a lot really filthy words you can say, but I like ‘dipshit.’ When you say that about someone, you know who they really are.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton on the media cycle/having self confidence (sub-text) “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”

Amy Poehler to teenage girls (and women at work/on the dating scene) “Girls, if a boy says something that isn’t funny, you don’t have to laugh.”

Kanye West on loss: "I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."

Jeff Bridges on missed connections: "Sometimes, you can not click with somebody, and it can feel awkward" 

Lady Gaga on being yourself: “Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses, cuz we were born this way b*tch!”

Alec Baldwin on self actualisation: "I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems."

Beyonce on ruling he world: "Power's not given to you, you have to take it." 

Oprah on obvious things that might be profound "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."

Jack Black on the art of intimidation: "You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow."

Karl Lagerfeld on the solution to awkward small talk: “I think I’m going to have dinner party where no one speaks, I’ll give all my guests pens and pads instead of the usual dinner conversation.”

Karl Lagerfeld on the psychology of sweatpants: "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.

Sydney Morning Herald