Rita Moreno is an icon. There’s really no arguing that point since the groundbreaking actress from Puerto Rico is not only the first Latina to receive an Academy Award but also one of the few to achieve the elusive EGOT. Although she originally rose to fame thanks to her Oscar-winning role as Anita in West Side Story, she is also credited with opening many doors for Latinos in the entertainment industry.
Because Rita Moreno is such a groundbreaking Latina and has had such an impressive career, she has also been around long enough to give us the low-down on what it takes to be her. And thankfully, herself is a truly inspirational figure — which is why we have rounded up her 20 most inspirational quotes. Whether you’re looking to learn how she did it (hint: it’s ALL about perseverance!) or the secret to looking so great at her age (it’s not what you think!), get ready to want to save all of these inspirational quotes ASAP.
1. “Retirement is just not in my DNA.”
The 86-year-old actress is showing no signs of slowing down, and that’s how she likes it. Currently, you can see her on Netflix’s One Day at a Time. But don’t be surprised if she keeps her career going for many years to come. Age is certainly not slowing her down!