30 Gisele quotes to inspire you in 2016

In case your Thoreau inspirations have run dry, here are a few East of Concord, around Boston.

1382714276_tom-brady-gisele-bundchen-zoom“I think it’s better when you’re natural, when you just do whatever you want.” December 30, 2015 | 6:09 AM

  1. Be cozy: “I am a huge fan of big cotton underpants; they’re comfortable. I wear them every day.”—to Elle in 2007
  2. Smell things: “I love the smell of nature. For example, after it rains and the smell of the earth—it’s my favorite smell. It just smells like wet earth.”—in a 2015 Chanel promo video
  3. Be an earth mother: “I want to get a farm where I am going to live for the rest of my life. I like the idea of a secluded place … I will have horses, my kids will be riding, and there will be chickens and ducks.”—to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010
  4. If that doesn’t work, be a jungle lady: “If I could choose, I’d be bare feet, with animals all around me and living in a tree house. Like Tarzan and Jane, that’s my dream.”—to Vogue in 2015
  5. Accept challenges: “I’m always for the one that’s challenging. That’s where I think you live your life to the fullest.”—to IGN in 2004
  6. Stop Netflix and chill-ing: “My secret is that I watch TV maybe twice a year. I’m not a potato sack; I’ve never sat on my couch.”—to Elle in 2007
  7. Eat good food: “Scrambled eggs, please. Bacon. Toast, with butter, and a cappuccino. [shrugs] I like to eat.”—to Vanity Fair in 2004
  8. Straighten your priorities: “This is what I value: are my children educated, is my husband happy, are people feeling positive energy from me? There should be a magazine to quantify knowledge, understanding and love for people: that is power.”—to MdeMulher in 2014
  9. Have a lame motto: “Do your best. That’s my motto. Do your best. Sometimes you can’t do something, but as long as you try, I think that’s what matters.”—in a 2015 Vogue UK video
  10. Look pretty: “Always, always powder your T-zone and the lines going from your nose down around your mouth so you don’t look like a bulldog.”—to Elle in 2007
  11. Ask yourself this: “When am I going to make $25 million dollars again?”—on CBS This Morning in 2015
  12. Balance it all: “Sometimes when you are a great mom, you’re not so great at your job. And then when you’re good at your job, you’re not so great of a mom or a good wife. It’s a dance that never stops. But it’s beautiful.”—to WSJ magazine in 2013
  13. Depend on others: “In my job you have to remember people are brushing my hair every day. You have to remember the last thing I want (on a day off) is a brush in my hair!”—to the AP in 2014
  14. Listen to others: “I wanted [Ben, her son] to be called River because I wanted something always flowing, immortal. My husband said, ‘There’s no way we’re going to call him River.’”—to Vogue in 2010
  15. Give strange nicknames: “I am a huge admirer of women, especially these days when women are expected to be everything, and do everything. I like to call them ‘warriors of love.’”—to Porter magazine in 2014
  16. Do planks: “Look down. Lift your body. Strengthen your arms. Squeeze your belly. And BE STRONG.”—on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2014
  17. Hug your family: “In our house we are very affectionate. I think it’s very important for the boys to know that it’s OK to hug and to kiss and you’re not less than a man.”—to the AP in 2014
  18. Be whatever: “I think it’s better when you’re natural, when you just do whatever you want, instead of doing classes where I see all these other people holding back because they’ve been trained with certain skills or techniques. I’m like, whatever.”—to IGN in 2004
  19. Be nice: “Gossip is poison.”—to Harper’s Bazaar in 2009
  20. Be present: “If I’m with my kids, I’m not answering my phone. You can’t reach me. With my husband, too. If I’m at work, then I’m at work. If I’m with you, I’m with you. I am in that moment, and there is nothing else.”—to WSJ magazine in 2013
  21. Know this: “Modeling is a superficial business. Beauty is superficial. If it’s real, it comes from inside.”– to Vanity Fair in 2004
  22. Use inspirational hashtags: “#Happiness #gratitude #family #love #nature.”—a 2015 Instagram
  23. Watch Tom Brady feed his soul: “At night if my husband is watching TV and watching football, I have my little book and I put something in my ears so I don’t hear it and I put my light (on) and have my book and I’m like, ‘Ohhh.’ He’s feeding his soul and that’s important to him to watch football. I only want to watch if I’m watching him.”—to the AP in 2014
  24. Put gas in your car: “It’s important to remember that if you don’t put gas in your car, it’s going to stop.”—to Entertainment Tonight in 2005
  25. Stop dropping balls: “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times. My husband cannot f—king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”—after the Patriots lost the Super Bowl in 2012
  26. Hog the mic: “I like karaoke and stuff like that. The only problem when I go to karaoke is I don’t let anyone else sing, especially if I have more than one drink.”—on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2006
  27. Quit bad habits for the sake of food: “You should quit smoking if you’re smoking, because food tastes a lot better after you quit.”—to Contactmusic.com in 2005
  28. Treat yo’self: “It’s important to me to have some time for myself. So one hour a day is mine. … I read a book. I meditate. I make something. I need to nourish myself in order for me to give to everyone else.”—to WSJ magazine in 2013
  29. Be completely indifferent about your job: “I never wanted to be famous. It’s a job. I work like crazy, but when I go home, I’m happy.”—to Vanity Fair in 2004
  30. Be #blessed: “The first is wake up in the morning and be grateful you are here, alive and healthy. And the second is: Give.”—to Vogue in 2010

3 comments on “30 Gisele quotes to inspire you in 2016

  1. You are helping to reconstruct the canon (or cannons) of great writing on ethics. Not living in New England, I cannot say I pay Giselle or Brady much heed, but I do have a mild addiction to sports-talk radio, and what interests me most about it is that, at base, the talk is not about sports but about ethics. How should we behave (this based on how a given athlete or coach has behaved, usually off the field rather than on), and how should our misbehaviors be punished, and what should be the rewards for success, the costs of failure?

    One thing that interests me about this phenomenon is that it seems to point to a large, daily, ongoing need of human beings: to be talking and thinking about ethics. And, along with this, we do not wish to realize we are talking about ethics; we want to think we are talking about sports. (It is also the case, of course, that “we” — most human beings — will not go back, say, to The Gorgias, in order to deepen our own thinking, to get to know better the Jesuses within us (to borrow and bend a phrase of Emerson’s). To borrow and bend another phrase “I don’t know much about ethics, but I know what I like?”

    Intriguing in any case.

    Best, Wm.

    • efmooney says:

      Yes, it’s a shame we don’t see daily discussion of sports as expressing our fascination with ethics: what’s cheating, what’s showboating, what’s carrying a grudge, what’s excessive violence or force, what’s an excuse, what’s bragging, what’s sticking to principle, what’s community, what’s putting shared goals first, what’s sacrifice, . . . and on and on.

      And here we have Giselle with tips on better living, in line with the Greek idea of ethics as guides to better living. At some unhappy point “Ethics” became associated with Protestant pulpits, sin, and the horror of “value judgments” — with abstract principle highhandedly announced to inflict shame and blame. I like your bringing it all down to earth, where it DOES permeate everything, even — especially? — radio sports talk.

      I hadn’t thought of all that. Thanks !

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