42 Enchanting Keira Knightley Quotes About Feminism, Dyslexia, Her Passions And More

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Keira Knightley is a very private actress who prefers to stay away from the bright lights and fame. She does not even live in Hollywood, and resides in her native England. Most do not know, but Keira Knightley grew up with dyslexia and had challenges with reading and writing. However, that couldn’t stop her from pursuing something that gutted her from the inside. Her extremely supportive parents were avid movie goers and Keira began finding her identity within the cinema. Soon enough, she began to pursue a career in the performing arts and with each class or role, she was being lit up more and more from the inside. Before long, she got her shot with her supporting role in Bend It Like Beckham and eventually she became a household name as she joined the cast of Pirates Of The Caribbean, alongside established actor Johnny Depp who gave her great insight. In these personal statements, quotes and interview answers, Keira Knightley gives her opinions about several different topics from feminism, finding her passion, overcoming dyslexia and straying away from the lime light of fame and glitter…

1.) Always Remain True To Yourself:

“I really believe that in this industry women have to be very true to themselves about what they’re comfortable with.” – Keira Knightley

2.) Take Risks And Be Fearless:

“I think you’ve got to take the risks. There’s no point playing it safe, because either you’ll get bored or the audiences will get bored. Sometimes, you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s fine, but you have to take the risks. I think Pirates is one of the prime examples of that with Johnny Depp’s performance, and part of the reason that people love it so much is that you watch it and go, “Gutsy, really gutsy!” – Keira Knightley

3.) Beat The Odds:

“I went from everyone saying, “She-can’t-act-she-can’t-act-she-can’t-act,” to an Oscar nomination. So there was something quite sublime about that!” – Keira Knightley


“Be happy in your body. It’s the only one you’ve got, so you might as well like it.” – Keira Knightley


“Nice is the worst word.” – Keira Knightley

6.) On The Importance Of Empowering Parents:

“And we’re fortunate if we have parents who are great and loving and inspiring.” – Keira Knightley

7.) On Industry Standards:

“I think I always disappoint people, because they always expect someone very pretty. Very done. There’s so much pressure to be thin, blonde and busty. I’m skinny, but even I couldn’t fit into some of the clothes there (in L.A.)! In a funny kind of way, I think you create it yourself. I think it’s much better to go with the flow and embrace your body, whatever shape it is, and just be happy.” – Keira Knightley


“I started acting when I was 7, but I asked for an agent when I was 3. I don’t remember it, but that’s what everybody says. I don’t think I knew what agents did, but I thought it was kind of unfair that my mom and dad had one and I didn’t.” – Keira Knightley

9.) Admiring Johnny Depp:

“Working with Johnny is incredible. He’s one of the most talented actors of his generation and seeing him work and create the character is really extraordinary. He takes risks. He’s not one of those actors who’s like, “well, this is what my fans would like” or anything like that. He really pushes boundaries and that’s an extraordinary thing for a young actress to see. I remember seeing him play Captain Jack for the first time and everybody went, “what is he doing?” But he was like, “this is the way I’m playing it!” I love the fact he creates. That’s very inspirational. And as a person, he’s lovely. I like him very much.” – Keira Knightley

10.) On Plastic Surgery:

“I look the way I look, I am not willing to cut my face up.” – Keira Knightley


“I made a conscious decision to live my life the best way I could and that meant to publicize myself as little as possible.” – Keira Knightley

12.) Be Comfortable With Who You Are And You Will Never Be Lonely:

“At this particular time, I probably am more comfortable with myself. Just now I’m having a lovely time.” – Keira Knightley


“I think it broke something in me. I was told very early on that if I didn’t go out to openings and parties and events I would be left alone. I didn’t, and they still didn’t leave me alone. I knew it was part of the deal in the life I had signed up to, but the fear of it has never left me. I’m still not good at being recognized. I wear scruffy clothes and hats and keep my head down.” – Keira Knightley

14.) On Alan Turing and The Imitation Game Film:

“I was shocked that I didn’t know more about him, and didn’t know what he’d done and what happened to him. You can’t right a wrong, but you can at least let people know what happened and what he did. He should, at the very least, be a British icon, and a gay icon – and his status isn’t that at the moment.” – Keira Knightley


“I am a slow reader. I always loved words, which is a strange thing given that I couldn’t actually read them.” – Keira Knightley

16.) Being Blunt About The Industry “Slowly” Improving:

“Hollywood has a really long way to go. I don’t think that anybody can deny that, really, and I think as much as you are getting more women playing lead roles… they’re still pretty few and far between.” – Keira Knightley

17.) When You Know What You Want, Go Get What You Want:

“I tried college for three months but I was desperately unhappy. I just wanted to perform. I was getting straight As but I had no friends and cried every day.” – Keira Knightley

18.) Dyslexia:

“I’m dyslexic, and at six years old, they realized I couldn’t read a word and had been fooling them. My mum said to me: “If you come to me with a book in your hand and a smile on your face every day through the summer holiday, I’ll get you an agent.” – Keira Knightley

19.) Never Stop Changing For The Better:

The whole point for me is to change as much as possible. – Keira Knightley


“You have to learn the rules to be able to know how to break them.” – Keira Knightley

21.) Grateful To Her Parents:

“My upbringing is why I am the person I am today. I have very wise parents.” – Keira Knightley


“I have no idea whether I am completely sane. I don’t think anybody is. I see the world through my eyes. It’s sometimes a strange world. I hope I don’t hurt people. You hope not to hurt yourself too much, either. Maybe that’s the definition of keeping yourself in check?” – Keira Knightley

23.) Aim For Exceptional:

“It’s all about perfection, isn’t it?” – Keira Knightley


“I don’t think that you can fake warmth. You can fake lust, jealousy, anger; those are all quite easy. But actual, genuine warmth? I don’t think you can fake it.” – Keira Knightley

25.) Face Your Fears:

“You already feel unsure of yourself, and then you see your worst fears in print. It really knocked me – which is why, I think, I was working, working, working, because I was trying to run away from the fact that I thought I couldn’t do it.” – Keira Knightley

26.) Her Attitude Towards Pursuing A Very Challenging Career:

“But acting is very much a profession that is you’re hot one moment and not the next – and that is totally cool. I think that’s what I find most fascinating and most exciting about it – is that it can be gone in a puff of smoke.” – Keira Knightley


“I always feel like I’m the one with everything to prove.” – Keira Knightley

28.) On Being Financially Ambitious From The Get Go:

“I started working when I was seven, and ever since then I’ve been saving for an apartment. Even before that I had a little jam jar designated for my apartment money.” – Keira Knightley


“Three years after that I was diagnosed as dyslexic, and we struck a deal: I was allowed to start acting on condition that I would read constantly and get good grades at school.” – Keira Knightley

30.) A Mature Kid:

“My mum says that I was born 45, and I do remember at six thinking that I should be earning my own living.” – Keira Knightley


“We’re all fans of cinema, you know. Forget about being an actor, I love watching films. I really do. That’s what I love doing, as a hobby. I find the whole process fascinating, as do my parents, they go to the cinema a lot.” – Keira Knightley


“But I think it’s the imperfections in people that make them perfect.” – Keira Knightley

33.) Never Settle, Stay Hungry:

“I don’t think I can call myself an actress yet. I just don’t think my skill level is that high. I hope that with every job it gets better. But until I’m good, I can say I’m trying to be an actor, but I don’t think I’ve completely made it.” – Keira Knightley

34.) Embracing The Risky Business:

“In this business, fame lasts for a second. You can be blown up and be blown down. People keep losing interest in faces because new ones come along every single second. I’m one at the moment. Tomorrow, I won’t be. That’s cool. I’m not saying that when it does end, I’ll be like, “Yay! It’s ending.” But I’ll move on and do something else because that’s what has to be done. It’s about survival. If you’re sad about it, then you’re in the wrong job.” – Keira Knightley


“I suppose I’m more of a tomboy than the girly-girl, which is why I can’t walk on stilettos very well.” – Keira Knightley

36.) A Good Indication Of Real Passion:

“All through my life what I’ve loved doing is watching movies. I love the escapism of film, I love stories. So it is incredible to be able to be in them as much as I am, to see them from the first stitch in a costume to the end product.” – Keira Knightley

37.) Having One Vision Works Better:

“I always find it much easier when there’s one person whose vision you’re following, as opposed to many people.” – Keira Knightley


“I think that there’s absolutely no point trying to force your body to be anything than what it is. I think that when you see people who are really pushing themselves to terrifying lengths to achieve what is perceived as being beautiful today, then that’s just terrifying, it’s really terrifying.” – Keira Knightley

39.) Surround Yourself With The Right People:

“I think it’s important to make time for the people in your life who you love and who love you back.” – Keira Knightley

40.) Know Yourself, And Exactly What You Enjoy:

“I didn’t know this about myself, but when ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ came out I realised that I didn’t enjoy a huge amount of recognition. I didn’t react to it well, but I think life is about finding out who you are and what you like. So I started doing independent movies and art-house films instead.” – Keira Knightley

41.) Self-Realization:

“It’s an interesting thing when you discover something about yourself. To go: ‘Wow, I’m not the person I thought I was. I’m in the middle of something and I can’t actually deal with it.’” – Keira Knightley

42.) Her Take On Feminism:

“I don’t know what happened through the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s that took feminism off the table, that made it something that women weren’t supposed to identify with and were supposed to be ashamed of. Feminism is about the fight for equality between the sexes, with equal respect, equal pay, and equal opportunity. At the moment we are still a long way off that.” – Keira Knightley


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