25 Best Zooey Deschanel Quotes On Acting, Being 'Too Cute', Anxiety & Being Yourself

There's nobody like her.

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Some of us know her as Jess from New Girl, but Zooey Claire Deschanel has had so many more roles in movies and TV shows including 500 Days of Summer, Bridge to Terabithia, and Elf. Not only is Zooey an entertaining and talented actress, but she is also a singer/songwriter!

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Zooey was born on January 17th, 1980 into a showbiz family. Her father Caleb Deschanel was a cinematographer and her mother Mary Jo Deschanel was an actress. Plus, her sister Emily Deschanel is an actress, director and producer best known for her work in the leading role in the crime drama Bones (in which Zooey has quest starred as well).

Zooey's quirky, funny, and exciting personality has caught the attention of so many and has helped her land so many roles.

She is definitely one of those people who you see on TV and watch their interviews and think to yourself “hey, we’d be best friends!” Her personality shines through any screen, which is a truly amazing thing. I mean, if you didn’t know already, she befriended Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson in grade school.


Zooey has accomplished so much in her career even though she only started it after she finished high school. She’s worked with comedy and drama projects, she can really do it all! She’s able to pull off so many roles, and her amazing voice just adds to the fact she’s such a talented well-rounded person. She was even in a music video at the start of her career.

She’s definitely found her passion in life, and it shows in everything that she does.

Zooey has experience in many different career fields. She just wrapped up her role as Jessica Day on the last season of The New Girl. Zooey is also married to film producer Jacob Pechenik and has two children — Elsie Otter and Charlie Wolf. She has been able to manage her career while raising her two children, which is such an inspiration to moms everywhere. Her kids are so lucky to have her as their mom!

She is 38 years old and filled with so much energy. If you ever have some time on your hands and want to smile, DEFINITELY look up some of her interviews. You won’t regret it. Her humor will help the time pass by quickly, and the love you hear in her voice when she talks about her family will make you happy.

She can accomplish anything she puts her mind to and makes it something to remember. New Girl is one of my favorite shows, and I’m so upset that it’s ending, but I can’t wait to see what projects Zooey Deschanel has planned for the future! Zooey Deschanel has put a lot of effort into her role as Jess, and it shows, making this show more amazing than it already is.


Her personality shines through in so many ways and you definitely get to see that in some of her quotes. Check out some of the best, and funniest and most inspiring, Zooey Deschanel quotes:

1. She has a point.

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"I think that if you haven't been to the grocery store in a really long time, it's really easy to get very out of touch." — Zooey Deschanel​​


2. Puppies are the best.

"If I'm going to be 'too' anything, 'too cute' is fine. I love puppies. So what? Who hates puppies?" — Zooey Deschanel​​

3. Siblings are greaat.

"I grew up believing my sister was from the planet Neptune and had been sent down to Earth to kill me." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​4. Practice makes perfect.​​​

"I'm a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome - because you get more practice." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​5. ​​The simple things in life are the best.

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"Nothing’s better than a picnic." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​6. ​​When the sun is out, so is she.

"Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​7. Just be who you are.​​

"It's sexist to think that somebody can't act in a girly way or speak the way I want to speak or to assume that I'm not a strong, intelligent woman because of my appearance."Zooey Deschanel​​

8. She likes to be right.​

"Proving people wrong is probably my favorite thing to do." — Zooey Deschanel​​

9. Trust yourself.

"Only you know what you can do and can't do." — Zooey Deschanel​​

10. Tough things help you gain strength.

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"I think having anxiety and having fears is a good thing in that when you face those fears and anxiety it gives you strength." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​11. ​​You learn as you go.

"If I were to go back and talk to my 15-year-old self, I think I would tell myself, 'Don't get caught up in what other people think of you. It's what you think of you.'" — Zooey Deschanel​​

​12. ​​Stay happy.

"Being yourself and being true to what makes you happy is the most important thing.” — Zooey Deschanel​​

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​13. Nobody likes to be alone.​​

“Always the aim for me is making people feel like they are not alone. That’s just the greatest feeling.” — Zooey Deschanel​​


​14. ​​We all learn from heartbreaks.

"Everyone has the heartbreak that shapes them in a way that they could never go back to the innocence that they had before." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​15. She found her true passion.

"What led me to be an actor is that I have a strange something in me that can drastically change the way I appear to the world. Growing up, I couldn't understand why people would always have different ideas of me but because of that, I became aware of how you can manipulate your own ability to change. And then I learned to make a career of it." — Zooey Deschanel​​

16. Ignore negativity.

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"Don't allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​17. ​​One of the best things in life.

"It's never too late for a coffee. After all, it's morning somewhere in the world." — Zooey Deschanel​​  

18. Who cares what people say?​

"I put myself out there; it's part of my job, and I get it: people will attack me. At first, I was thrown off, but now I have a pretty thick skin about it." — Zooey Deschanel​​

19. Keep going.

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"I'm a person who has a lot of energy. So, yes, I don't really stop to rest or de-stress. I just keep going. I figure that if you don't stop, then you'll never notice how tired you are." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​20. It's okay if you know what you like.

"I'm not doing it to pander to people. I just always knew what I liked versus what I don't like. I never liked things with too many zippers or spikes and stuff. That weirds me out. I like things that are pretty. And I think it's great to be pretty. I like being feminine. I think it's good to be feminine. We don't need to look like men or dress like men or talk like men to be powerful. We can be powerful in our own way, our own feminine way." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​21. ​​Live your life the way you choose.

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"I think it's better to have your personal life and your work life separate. That way they don't corrupt each other, so to speak." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​22. ​​If you like who you are, then don't change.

"I’m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. Can’t we be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f-king feminist and wear a f-king Peter Pan collar. So f-king what?" — Zooey Deschanel​​

23. ​​Let's all stick together.

" get competitive, as though there's only one spot in the world for everything but that's not true. We need to stick together and see there's more to life than pleasing men. It's important not to cut yourself off from female friendships. I think sometimes get scared of other , but you need each other." — Zooey Deschanel​​

​24. ​​Don't let people's negativity impact you.

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy-washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.” — Zooey Deschanel​​


​25. ​​Nobody likes mornings.

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“In an ideal world, no one would talk before 10 am. People would just hug because waking up is really hard.” — Zooey Deschanel​​

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Rebekah Ludman is a writer and animal-lover who enjoys traveling. She's a freshman at the California State University Long Beach majoring in journalism.