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150 Inspirational Quotes From Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees

June 21, 2017

As Canada 150 approaches, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the inspirational words our Inductees have shared over the years to motivate and encourage you… and ignite your Canadian pride!

"To me, being famous is not the idea of the run. I am just one member of the marathon of hope. I am no different than anyone else. I am no better, and I am no less. I am equal with all of you." - 2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Terry Fox

"Rejuvenating society and giving us hope for the future are best nurtured by the good deeds that we do for others." – 2011 Canada’s Walk of Fame Indcutee Dr. Roberta Bondar

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.” - 1999 Canda's Walk of Fame Inductee Mary Pickford

"I think the struggle gave me strength to move on and find out what was out there in the rest of the world…” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Shania Twain 

"We're taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they're of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration." - 2005 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Alanis Morissette 

Lorne Michaels unveils his Canada's Walk of Fame star

“From my family, and from this city, and this country I learned three very important things: looking at the world with a sense of humour, high standards in whatever you attempt in life, and above all, that you’re only as good as your word.” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Lorne Michaels 

“It's better to burn out than to fade away.” – 2000 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Neil Young 

“I may not be a millionaire in my bank account but I’m a millionaire when it comes to doing what I enjoy.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Walter Ostanek

"If you have something to say of any worth then people will listen to you." – 2013 Cineplex Legends Inductee Oscar Peterson 

"There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing" – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Scotty Bowman 

“Beauty comes and goes. Strength, you keep forever.” - 2015 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Lawrence Hill 

“My old mentor once told me: if you find yourself too comfortable, move.” – 2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Victor Garber 

“Take your voice to where it’ll be most effective.” – 1998 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Buffy Sainte-Marie 

Alex Trebek and two mounties

“I'm curious about everything - even things that don't interest me.” – 2006 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Alex Trebek 

"I can't stand people who make a fuss and complain and make a rumpus about things. There is always a quiet way to deal with a problem." – 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Barbara Ann Scott 

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Alexander Graham Bell

 On believing in and being yourself

"Every dream is possible because it is conceivable; every story is writable if one chooses to write it. You may not reach the summit you originally set out for, but the sweetest fruits are not garnered from the pageant itself but rather from the journey in getting there." - 2016 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Corey Hart 

"Anything the mind can conceive is possible. Nothing is impossible. All you have to do is look within and you can realize your fondest dreams." – 2010 Cineplex Legends Inductee Doug Henning 

“You have to leave room in life to dream.” - 1998 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Buffy Sainte-Marie 

“When you want something, you dream long enough, sometimes your dreams come true. Mine did. It took me a long time.” – 2007 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Johnny Bower  

Dean and Dan Caten

“If you can get yourself through a door you can get yourself through life. The thing is believing enough in yourself than the person at that door - letting the person that's judging you know that you need to be on the other side." – 2009 Canada’s Walk of fame Inductees Dean and Dan Caten

“Even before you’ve earned it, treat yourself and your career with the level of respect that you hope to one day deserve.” – 2007 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Catherine O’Hara

"No one is any one thing" – 2000 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Martin Short

“We're constantly being told what other people think we are, and that's why it is so important to know yourself.” – 2012 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Sarah McLachlan

“My motto? Time spent laughing at yourself is time well spent.” - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Jim Carrey 

“Make more time for yourself: simplify, unplug and really focus on living in the present.” – 1998 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Karen Kain

"People would say, 'Girls don't play hockey. Girls don't skate.' I would say, 'Watch this.'"- 2014 CWOF Inductee Haylee Wickenheiser 

“All creative intellectual work consists of the development of individuality. The very essence of motion picture making is to encourage originality. To bring out individual characteristics. The famous stars of the stage, film and literature have been great because, at some point, they differed from everyone else. They had a flavour all their own.” – 2004 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Mack Sennett

 Margaret Atwood unveils her Canada's Walk of Fame star

“[Everyone] ‘writes’ in a way; that is, each person has a ‘story’—a personal narrative—which is constantly being replayed, revised, taken apart and put together again. The significant points in this narrative change as a person ages—what may have been tragedy at twenty is seen as comedy or nostalgia at forty.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Margaret Atwood 

On giving it your all

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – 2002 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Wayne Gretzky 

"Success in life comes to those who simply refuse to give up; individuals with vision so strong that obstacles, failure and loss only act as teachings" – 2015 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Silken Laumann 

"[M]y advice, plain and simple, try your hardest to be an original, blaze your own trails, dream, believe, don’t be afraid and never ever give up." – 2016 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Jeanne Beker

"Forget about style; worry about results." – 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Bobby Orr

Leslie Nielsen giving a speech

“Doing nothing is very hard to do... you never know when you're finished.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Leslie Nielsen

“To have finished my career in that way, where I gave 150% of myself, I couldn’t have been more grateful.” – 2000 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Evelyn Hart

"The goal you set must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that you break." – 2007 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Rick Hansen

"Without a function, we cease to be. So, I will write till I die." - 2010 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Farley Mowat 

"Face your problems head on. Do what you have to do to take care of it. Develop a good work ethic." – 2005 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee George Chuvalo 

"It's important to give it all you have while you have the chance." – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Shania Twain

"What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession. " – 1999 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee RUSH’s Neil Peart 

Haylee Wickenheiser

"It’s one thing to be the best in the world; it’s another thing to be the best for the world." - 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Haylee Wickenheiser

"You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose." - 2000 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Gordie Howe  

"It makes one a better person to have had hardships and to have overcome hardships and not to blame anybody else for your mistakes." – 2000 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Maureen Forrester 

 “I got satisfaction out of doing things that were difficult. It was an incredible feeling. The pain was there, but the pain didn’t matter.” - 2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Terry Fox

On life

"I've always believed that if you don't stay moving, they will throw dirt on you." – 2005 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Paul Anka

"Life is nutty; anything can happen." – 2006 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Paul Shaffer

“Every so often, there’s a moment in your life and you shut your eyes and you say to yourself – I’m going to record this and take it with me.” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Lynne Johnston 

Bobby Orr holds up his Boston Bruins jersey next to his Canada's Walk of Fame star

"There are no environments where you're only going to win, because life just isn't like that." – 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Bobby Orr 

“There’s nothing worse than things happening to you that you’ve planned. You want something that completely comes from the side to surprise you.” – 2001 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Robert Lepage

"Try and live your life the way you wish other people would live theirs." – 2009 Cineplex Legends Inductee Raymond Burr 

"Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos." – 1999 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee David Cronenberg 

"An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything." - 2003 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Lynn Johnston 

"Life is like that. Some days are diamonds and some days are stones." – 2006 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Jann Arden 

“I would say the secret is to be enthusiastic about everything that comes into your life. To care, to care about people. To be excited about everything that comes close to you.” – 2005 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Inductee Fay Wray 

On art and creativity

"Love the art in yourself more than yourself in the art." - 2016 Cineplex Legends Inductee Al Waxman

Diana Krall

"But the greatest thing about music is putting it out there for people to figure out. You want the listener to find the song on their own. If you give too much away, it takes away from the imagination." – 2004 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Diana Krall 

“The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.” – 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Glenn Gould

“The primary function of what I'm doing, of art - and who am I to say this but I'll say it anyway - is to somehow enrich. If I have a primary function past my own development, it's to give something further to other people." – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Teresa Stratas

"Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in." - 2002 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie

"I seek to give voice to the voiceless, to give a face to those who are faceless, and to give heart to those who are dispossessed and I’m honoured to be a writer." - 2015 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Lawrence Hill 

"Music is one of those things that makes us feel a little less alone in the world" – 2009 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Tom Cochrane 

“I need to explore and discover and so that has given me, really, to some what seems like courage, but really it's just in my stars, there's nothing I can do about it…” – 2000 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Joni Mitchell

"I prefer to think of myself as a musician who is still learning and trying to do something every time out." – 1999 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee RUSH’s Geddy Lee

"Curiosity - it's the most powerful thing you own. Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality." - 2008 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee James Cameron 

“My message is to young talent, young artist, young musicians, creative people everywhere – greatness surfaces anywhere, anytime” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Toller Cranston

Kenojuak Ashevak

"I just take these things out of my thoughts and out of my imagination, and I don't really give any weight to the idea of its being an image of something.... I am just concentrating on placing it down on paper in a way that is pleasing to my own eye, whether it has anything to do with subjective reality or not. And that is how I have always tried to make my images, and that is still how I do it, and I haven't really thought about it any other way than that. That is just my style, and is the way I started and the way I am today." – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Kenojuak Ashevak 

"Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn't really have judgement in its purest form. So just go, just go." – 2008 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee k.d. Lang

"The sign of a clever auteur is to achieve the illusion that there is a sole individual responsible for magnificent creations that require thousands of people to accomplish." – 2004 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Louis B. Mayer 

On team effort

Jason Priestley unveils his Canada's Walk of Fame star

"Nobody gets very far in this life on their own, all of us being inducted here tonight have had parents, coaches, teachers, colleagues, mentors that taught us, pushed us, supported us, believed in us and I have had a good fortune to have many." – 2016 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Jason Priestley

“Everything I achieved throughout my career, and all the rewards that followed, came as the results of team effort. If they say anything about me when I’m gone, let them say that I was a team man. To me, there is no higher compliment.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Jean Béliveau

 On Canada and being Canadian

"When they sang O Canada, after we won the Canada Cup, I don’t think I’ve ever remembered another win - and I’ve remember them all - but not as much and special as that one.” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Scotty Bowman 

Howie Mandel

"I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be a Canadian. If you’ve watched anything I’ve done, from my first Tonight Shows to any appearance I make its always part of the fabric of what I do and my stand up, where I go “I’m from Canada”, I put it into my jokes, I put it into my speeches, I’m very proud to be a Canadian." - 2009 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Howie Mandel 

"I feel really fortunate, I love Toronto and I love coming back to Toronto." - 2003 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Robbie Robertson

“A Canadian is someone who knows how to have sex in a canoe.” – 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Pierre Berton

"I feel grateful to live in Canada, you feel the spirit & the pride that we have as Canadian." - 2016 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Darryl Sittler

“I'll be a Quebecker-Canadian. I'm from Quebec and every time I go to a country I say that. It's my roots, my origins and it's the most important thing to me." – 1999 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Celine Dion

Dr. Roberta Bondar

"We’re very blessed in Canada and we’re very privileged to have our own constellation of stars, ones that we can touch and reach..." - 2011 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Roberta Bondar 

"My favorite place in the world is Wayburn, Saskatchewan!" - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Shirley Douglas 

"I grew up here, I went to school here; this is where I hang my hat and where I sip my tea. And as much as I love adventure, there is nothing as nourishing for my soul as coming home." - 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Rachel McAdams 

"I really want to say, representing Canada has been an honour.  There are some great places around the world, but this is the best place, this is the most complete country in the world.  And I feel like if I’ve given a fraction back to Canada with my tennis then my career will really be fulfilled." - 2011 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Daniel Nestor

"I hope that more energy can be put towards building a country where more people can make that choice to stay home and have a career in the arts." - 2010 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Sarah Polley 

Michael Buble signs his Canada's Walk of fame star

"I have seen the wonders of the world, but here in my beloved Canada, the place that is home, the land of kindness and empathy, a country with six time zones, the land of uber hockey mania, a place where the best a Canadian can feel is 'not bad, eh?'." - 2015 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Michael Buble

"I’ve probably toured across this country about 100 times or more, cars, vans, motorcycles, buses, planes, and it’s never lost its wonder for me, ever. It’s one of the great privileges of what I do." - 2009 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Tom Cochrane

“Canada is one of the few places left where the small decencies are observed. If, as a young man, I was scornful of the country because we always seemed so far behind style-setting New York, I now thank God for the cultural lag. Ours, after all, is the good neighbourhood. A society well worth preserving." – 2011 Cineplex Legends Inductee Mordecai Richler

"I will always feel a little lighter when I set foot on Canadian soil. It's the lightness you feel when your heart recognizes it is home." - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Jim Carrey

"[N]o matter where you come from no matter who you are, what you want to achieve, it is possible to have those big dreams and make them happen because dreaming big is all about being Canadian." - 2009 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Chantal Petitclerc 

“Wherever you go in the world, you just have to say you're a Canadian and people laugh.” – 1998 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee John Candy 

“There’s a bit of Canada in every piece of music that I write.” – 2002 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee David Foster 

"I’m very proud to be from Winnipeg, the centre of the universe, and very proud to be Canadian." - 2012 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Randy Bachman

“Like every Olympian or any international personality, when you see our flag raised and hear your anthem played, you are thrilled and proud to be Canadian – as a matter of fact you get goose bumps.” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Jim Elder

"[Y]ou can realize your dreams in this country. I’m living proof." - 1998 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Bryan Adams 

“You can describe me as an actor, as a writer, as a comedian, but you cannot describe me completely without saying that I am a Canadian.” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Mike Myers 

“There's a lot of our own country in us so we think about our 'Canadianism' and I guess it's what separates us from the other designers.” – 2009 Canada’s Walk of fame Inductees Dean and Dan Caten

Wendy Crewson and her Canada's Walk of Fame star

“I’ve had the tremendous good fortune to tell the stories of great Canadian women, women who found their voices as leaders and crusaders and trailblazers and what I realize now, I looked for in these roles was the courage and wisdom to be the strong, complex, flawed, brave protagonist of my own life. So to find myself at this age and in this place, to be my most authentic self, an artist and a gay woman, in a country that celebrates inclusion and diversity, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude, for the blessing of being a citizen of this great nation.” - 2015 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Wendy Crewson

"Canada is a place where dreams are limitless, inspiration is infinite, it’s in the air we breathe, and also in our hearts. The first nation’s culture and roots woven into our national DNA make us friends to each other. Friends to the earth and friends to the world." - 2010 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Nelly Furtado 

"I am extremely proud of my Canadian Heritage..." - 2006 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Paul Shaffer

"I’m so thankful to have been raised in nine different cities across Canada." - 2007 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Jill Hennessy

“Canada is my home. I’m a Canadian through and through and I’m very proud of that. I take that everywhere in the world that I go.” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Shania Twain  

“Canadians love to be the best certainly at one thing and that’s the game of hockey.” – 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Hayley Wickenheiser

"My passport, my roots, my heart have always been Canadian." - 2003 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee David Steinberg 

"In Canada I can be whoever I want to be and that is the ultimate freedom." - 2016 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Deepa Mehta

"Over the years we’ve learned that contrary to popular belief what defines our country is more than hockey and donuts. It is our compassion and generosity, and so thank you so much for supporting our mission to bring more of that Canadian spirit to the world." - 2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Craig Kielburger

Ferguson Jenkins unveils his Canada's Walk of Fame star

“To my country Canada, the nation where I was born, I owe a great deal. Being a Canadian, I know there’s an understanding amongst us: that you do things in your life you hope people will remember.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Ferguson Jenkins 

"I’m terribly proud of being from this country, and no matter where I’ve lived, I’ve always felt that we had such an advantage, and in so many ways." - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Shirley Douglas

“Where ever I travelled around the world Canada’s Iconic Maple Leaf was always worn as a badge of honour on my sleeve.” – 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Corey Hart 

"I realized how blessed I am to be in a country that allows me develop and nurture me and help me be the artist I am today and the person I am today." - 2012 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Sonia Rodriguez

"If I were to write a book, I’d write a book about Canada and its contributions to the arts." - 2005 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Pierre Cossette 

"It does seem like Canada is an extraordinary breeding ground for talent, and it’s wonderful to be thought of to be part of that legacy." - 2003 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Robbie Robertson

"Toronto is my old stomping ground and it’s good to be back." - 2006 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Brendan Fraser 

"Canadian export. I think that’s a fine example of the Canadian kid that had his gift in order, his skills in order and was ready to sink his teeth into an international work." - 2005 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Daniel Lanois 

"[T]his gorgeous country for being hands down the greatest place to be from as a human being." - 2005 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Alanis Morissette 

"I know that I am Canadian. Canada is in my heart and I carry it with me." - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Helen Shaver

"I’ve always been very proud to be a Canadian and to be able to represent my country." - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Mario Lemieux 

"This country is very dear to me because Canada not only gave my family a chance to build a new life, they gave me the opportunity to reach from a boy hood dream..." - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee John Kay

"I grew up here, my formative years were here, I feel Canadian, I love Canada and the Canadians." - 2006 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Robert Goulet 

Kiefer Sutherland

"There is no way for me to articulate the joy and pride that I get from being a Canadian. This place that I come from has been nurturing, it has been kind, and the people here have a genuine interest in all aspects of life and everything it has to offer. And it shows in our society and it shows in our hearts." - 2005 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Kiefer Sutherland 

"I'm proud to be Canadian." - 2006 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Jann Arden 

"A man once said, 'you can’t go back, you can’t go home again.' Well that cat was not a Canadian." - 2005 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Paul Anka 

"Here’s to the country I’m proud to say I still call my home. Thank you Canada." - 2006 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Eugene Levy 

"I will continue to do my best to bring my work to the world and to best represent my beloved country. I am you, daughter of immigrants, artist and a proud Canadian." - 2011 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Sandra Oh 

"Growing up in this country taught me to handle the peaks and handle the valleys, being Canadian means I was born with the ability to laugh at myself. It has literally saved my life. I’ll tell you that Canada’s greatest military export is actually sarcasm, it truly is." - 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Ryan Reynolds 

"I love being Canadian; my kids are Canadian too." - 2006 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Pamela Anderson 

"I can say that it certainly helps to be Canadian; we don't put up with people who get too high and mighty. Start flinging it about and we get out our pins!” - – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Margaret Atwood 

Clara Hughes

"It’s being Canadian that’s what inspired me to always give back and find a way to give back. And I wish Canadians could feel what I felt traveling this globe with the maple leaf on my back representing our country in such an obvious way." - 2010 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Clara Hughes 

"I’m most fortunate to be here in Canada, a citizen of this great country." - 2001 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Ivan Reitman

"Together we are changing the sport of soccer in Canada and it’s also special to know that we are inspiring the next generation and the future of Canadian athletes." - 2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Christine Sinclair 

"I think it’s balanced in the Canadian spirit, by this sense of quiet confidence, even a fearlessness, to go out there on the world stage and achieve great things." - 2008 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee James Cameron

"One of the great things about being Canadian is, I always grew up having friends that pushed me and challenged me but were very quick to keep me grounded, to keep me humble, to keep me Canadian." - 2008 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Steve Nash

"It’s simply because it comes from my native Canada which is always close to me. It is with me on every movie set and every theatre stage and every television production that I do. It is so ingrained in who I am and how I do it." - 2009 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Kim Cattrall 

"Without Canada I wouldn’t be successful in what I do." - 2008 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Daria Werbowy

"We absolutely love all the places we go in Canada, we love the position we hold in the world as Canadians." - 2009 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy 

k.d. lang unveils her Canada's Walk of Fame star

"Canada is a peaceful, progressive country that can set the stage for the rest of the world and continues to do so. We are a young nation, full of heart and openness and peacefulness and I am so proud to be a part of this country." - 2008 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee k.d. lang 

"I just want to say this about Canada. You can take a girl out of Canada, but you can’t take Canada out of the girl." - 2008 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Frances Bay 

"The work I’ve been able to do with the foundation and everything come from me from being Canadian and people in my life, and in my world as a Canadian." - 2000 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Michael J. Fox

"I am very proud of the incredible amount of talent that as continually flourished here." - 2003 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Robbie Robertson

"I am a fortunate man but I’m most fortunate to be here in Canada, a citizen of this great country; a country with remarkable freedom and opportunity.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Ivan Reitman 

Alan Thicke presents his Canada's Walk of Fame star

"My grand reward has been to visit every corner of our country. If there’s a Canadian spirit, I shook its hand. If there’s a Canadian soul, I heard its story. If there’s a Canadian heart, it beats in me proudly and gratefully for this night and for this life." - 2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Alan Thicke

"Canada doesn’t stop at the 49th parallel, it stops in here and goes wherever I go." - 2004 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee Jim Carrey 

On being a Canada's Walk of Fame Inductee

"Frequently it’s the glamorous, the entertainers, movie stars, but Canada’s novelists have made an international impression. This is the opening of the doors for other novelists. This is the first time they have given [a Walk of Fame star] to a fiction writer. It means there will be others. It’s a lovely day, and I’m thrilled.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Margaret Atwood

"Canada’s Walk of Fame is stellar. A scintillating occasion of glamour and pride. I am absolutely thrilled to have been considered and chosen to nestle amongst my heroes and friends.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Veronica Tennant

"Now my Canadian friends will be able to ‘step on me’ and I’ll love every footprint of the abuse.” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Kurt Browning 

"The Walk of Fame has given me and everybody in this country a reason to be inspired by celebrating so many amazing Canadians. And with that I think it also creates a really strong sense of pride about being Canadian.” – 2013 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Sonia Rodriguez 

Eric McCormack

"[T]his is about Canada. This is about my Canada. This is about the Canadian theatres that I worked in and the Canadian film crews I’ve worked with. It’s about the actors in Vancouver and Toronto, and Stratford, and Winnipeg, and Calgary that became my friends. It’s about sharing a sidewalk with these incredible people, and with Carrey and Myers and Lightfoot and the guys from RUSH, and Alexander Graham Bell.” – 2010 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Eric McCormack

"The greatest reward is to be honoured at home.” – 2005 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Michael Cohl

"I have to say that only in Canada do we consider our stars to be not only famous entertainers and athletes, but those who give their energy to improving the lives of others, such as Terry Fox, who is arguably the greatest Canadian hero of all time.” – 2013 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Craig Kielburger 

"It's nice to be honoured but it's so much nicer when it's your family honouring you. It's still home.” – 2002 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Arthur Hiller 

"It’s also quite a surprise at all to be here tonight and I must be grateful to all for acknowledging a country boy from Quebec who writes songs in French can get a star on the sidewalks of Toronto. I would call that to reach an impossible star.” – 2003 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Luc Plamondon 

"My father didn’t care much for show business people. I told you he was a true Canadian.  But to see me standing on the podium with Mario Lemieux – that would have floored him.” – 2004 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Denys Arcand 

"This is indeed really special for me, there are two guys that are on the side walk that are my heroes. When I was a kid growing up Jean Béliveau was my childhood idol and I had the fortunate opportunity to walk with Terry Fox & run with him, get to know him, he is my inspiration.” – 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Darryl Sittler 

"The best part is I had nothing to do with it. I didn’t have friends who came in and said, ‘Hey, he should be on the Walk of Fame!’ This came about because of people across the country. And how Canadian is that?” – 2001 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Leslie Nielsen