10 celebrity quotes to live by

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 11:27PM
Samantha Hayes, Millie Elder Holmes, Kanoa Lloyd. Photos / Instagram
Samantha Hayes, Millie Elder Holmes, Kanoa Lloyd. Photos / Instagram

Who better to turn to than the stars for a little life advice, eh?

From the mundane to the deep and meaningful, these Kiwi celebs have a few words of wisdom to share with us all...

Rebecca Gibney

Kiwi actress Rebecca Gibney borrowed somebody else's quote on Instagram last week to share her own advice with the online bullies of the world:

"Before you use social media to tell a stranger she is fat, ask yourself instead: Could my time be better spent lighting myself on fire?"

Or, Gibney added, "You could just tell someone they look AWESOME! Just a thought..... kindness - takes a minute - lasts a lifetime."



Millie Elder Holmes

Lifestyle blogger Millie Elder Holmes was also sharing the "be kind" message as the New Year rolled in.

She used her Instagram page to ask her 62,500 followers to think twice before saying something hurtful about others.

"Personally, I grew up a lot after I got clean from drugs, having my addiction broadcast to the whole of New Zealand with no choice about it and that then giving others the opportunity to slander me so openly made me really understand the power of nasty words and opinions," she wrote.

"Soon after, when I talked sh*t about people, I started to feel guilt.

"I didn't know their lives inside and out, maybe they were going through something. I started to remember how it felt to have people talk badly for me and it made me stop.

"I'm writing this because I really hope that in 2018 people can just start to accept others and their choices for what they are ... theirs ... not yours. People are entitled to learn their own lessons about life so instead of calling them stupid or slandering them, just let them figure it out on their own."




Late last year, Kiwi singer Lorde was reinforcing that old adage: If you're going to do something, you might as well do it properly.

When one of her 7 million Twitter followers dared to chide her for taking four years to release her second album, she told them: "That’s the thing, it might be 4 years, it might be 10, [I'm] not gonna make albums that exist on one plane, they have to be supercellular." (sic)

And that supercellular (whatever that is) album, Melodrama, is up for the big prize at next week's Grammy Awards, so we figure Lorde knows what she's talking about.


A post shared by Lorde (@lordemusic) on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:43pm PDT


Teuila Blakely

Actress and writer Teuila Blakely has always had plenty of good advice when it comes to dealing with the haters.

But we also liked her pearl of wisdom from the weekend about the "essentials" you should carry at all times.

Alongside a photo of her phone charger, notepads and a bottle of bubbles, Blakely told her Instagram fans: "Life has taught me, you just never know when you're going to need champagne." Indeed.



Hilary Barry

While the Mother of the Nation (until Jacinda Ardern has her baby) waits for somebody to fill the Seven Sharp co-hosting seat next to her, we'll revisit one of our favourite Hilary Barry quotes from 2017.

Back when she was still on Breakfast's couch, Barry applauded the Australian Women's Weekly in August for using a photo of her on the cover – and not Photoshopping it.

Barry was more than happy to share a few wrinkles with the world, saying: "I love and embrace every one of those lines, etched into my face from both laughter and tears."



Lily McManus

Former Bachelorette and soon-to-be star of The Bachelor Winter Games, Lily McManus, is famous for not taking life too seriously. 

But she still used her ever-growing platform to share a bit of important advice late last year.

Announcing her partnership with mental health organisation, The Lowdown NZ, McManus said the health issue is one close to her heart.

"One thing that I have learnt first-hand is that sharing the load and simply putting the issue out into the air does a world of good," she wrote on Instagram.

"I want everybody who reads this to know that talking about how you feel is cool, asking for help is chill and losing your sh*t and not being okay is absolutely okay. We need to look after each other and ditch this stigma that feelings are for suckers."


A post shared by LILY MCMANUS (@liilymcmanus) on Dec 24, 2017 at 12:28am PST


Kanoa Lloyd

First as a Newshub weather presenter, then as co-host of The Project, Kanoa Lloyd has endured her share of nasty comments from viewers, whether it's about her dress sense or the fact she speaks te reo Maori on air.

But, in an interview with Canvas last year, the broadcaster was philosophical about it all. 

"I can't control how somebody reacts to what I'm doing or what meaning they prescribe to it," she said. "But I always want to go to work and be proud of what I do and leave each day feeling like I didn't mess up too badly, that I didn't break anyone.

"That's what I'm there for. Trying to do my best. Whether I get it right or not, at least I can say I'm a young Maori woman and I'm doing my best and that's all I would suggest anyone else do."


A post shared by Kanoa Lloyd (@kanoalloyd) on Jan 30, 2017 at 10:53pm PST


Rose McIver

Kiwi actress and star of hit show iZombie, Rose McIver, chooses to be a "glass half full" type of person and reminds us to be the same.

Case in point from last year: "A lengthy flight delay means more time to prep." (In McIver's case, a chance to learn lines. The glamour!)


A lengthy flight delay means more time to prep #glasshalffull

A post shared by Rose McIver (@imrosemciver) on Sep 17, 2017 at 5:16pm PDT


Megan Papas

In amongst the storm of opinions over Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy this past week, ZM breakfast host Megan Papas gave a searing speech on air about why the country will be "absolutely fine" when that baby arrives.

The broadcaster also paraphrased a famous quote this week when offering her take on the latest Women's March:

"Remember, equal rights doesn't mean less rights for others, it's not cake!"



Samantha Hayes

Last, but not least, Newshub presenter Samantha Hayes has some very important advice to share with us all as we enjoy what's left of summer.

Sharing a blissful beach shot to Instagram to mark the beginning of 2018, Hayes urged others not to make her mistake.

"What a glorious summer we are having. NZ you are really turning it on," she wrote. "I should add though my theory about legs not getting sunburnt does not stand up *ouch* Put sunscreen on your legs, too, folks."

You heard the woman. Slip, slop, slap, people!