Take a tip from Madonna, plus more from Donald Trump, Charlize Theron and other stars

By People Staff
Updated October 25, 2005 06:00 AM

• “The biggest mistake that any of us can make is to believe what other people say about us.”
Madonna, to New York City’s Hunter College students during a surprise appearance as a guest lecturer

• “Get the best people and don’t trust them.”
Donald Trump, in a real-estate seminar for the Learning Annex. The mogul earned $1.5 million for the hour-long speech.

• “People assume a brown-haired woman is more serious. The intelligent blonde is unexpected.”
– Harvard grad and natural brunette Mira Sorvino, to Time, on why she dyes her hair so fair

• “I’ve never been so happy … I’m beaming.”
Katie Holmes, on expecting her first child with fiancé Tom Cruise

• “I think part of my destiny has to be realizing that I’m not the poster boy for drug abuse.”
Robert Downey Jr.

• “I never wanted to be a salesman.”
Walk the Line’s Joaquin Phoenix, to Entertainment Weekly, on promoting his films

[IMAGE “1” “right” “std” ]• “It’s always frightening when that kind of talk happens this early. People get crazy. Madness ensues.”
Charlize Theron, to Entertainment Weekly, on the Oscar buzz for her new film North Country

• “Jessica Simpson says she wants to star opposite Brad Pitt in the big-screen adaptation of Dallas. According to reports, Simpson has asked to play the part of Debbie.”
David Spade, on The Showbiz Show

• “The Mark Twain Prize is more special to me (than any other honor) because it’s more recent.”
Steve Martin, accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor