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Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. ...
by Bette Davis

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- Bette Davis

Brought up to respect the conventions,
love had to end in marriage.
I'm afraid it did.
- Bette Davis

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
- Bette Davis

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.
- Bette Davis

 

Old age is no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis

I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars,
would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.
- Bette Davis

Men become much more attractive when they start looking older.
But it doesn't do much for women, though we do have an advantage:
make-up.
- Bette Davis

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Basically, I believe the world is a jungle,
and if it's not a bit of a jungle in the home,
a child cannot possibly be fit to enter the outside world.
- Bette Davis

I've lost my faith in science.
- Bette Davis

Life is a jest; and all things show it.
I thought so once; but now I know it.
- Bette Davis

Acting should be bigger than life.
Scripts should be bigger than life.
It should all be bigger than life.
- Bette Davis

The key to life is accepting challenges.
Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.
- Bette Davis

Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch.
Maybe that's why Miss Crawford always plays ladies.
- Bette Davis

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.
- Bette Davis

An affair now and then is good for a marriage.
It adds spice, stops it from getting boring...
I ought to know.
- Bette Davis

I work to stay alive.
- Bette Davis

I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
- Bette Davis

I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
- Bette Davis

Strong women only marry weak men.
- Bette Davis

We movie stars all end up by ourselves.
Who knows? Maybe we want to.
- Bette Davis

Everybody has a heart.
Except some people.
- Bette Davis

People often become actresses because of something
they dislike about themselves:
They pretend they are someone else.
- Bette Davis

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage,
but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.
- Bette Davis

I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box.
- Bette Davis

I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.
- Bette Davis

I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work.
No set goal achieved satisfies.
Success only breeds a new goal.
The golden apple devoured has seeds.
It is endless.
- Bette Davis

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me,
the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.
- Bette Davis

A sure way to lose happiness, I found,
is to want it at the expense of everything else.
- Bette Davis

If you've never been hated by your child,
you've never been a parent.
- Bette Davis

Oh, don't let's ask for the moon.
We've already got the stars.
- Bette Davis

I don't think of myself as a character actress -
that's become a phrase which means you've had it.
- Bette Davis

With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.
- Bette Davis

I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging
from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.
- Bette Davis

I've always liked men better than women.
- Bette Davis

Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror,
and you keep making faces all your life.
- Bette Davis

I never did pal around with actresses.
Their talk usually bored me to tears.
- Bette Davis

I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but
her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back.
- Bette Davis

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade.
With it, it becomes creation.
- Bette Davis

This has always been a motto of mine:
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- Bette Davis

Sex is God's joke on human beings.
- Bette Davis

In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star.
- Bette Davis

It is my last wish to be burried sitting up.
- Bette Davis

The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because
they can't get work in the movies.
- Bette Davis

I was never very interested in boys -
and there were plenty of them -
vying with one another to see how many famous women
they would get into the hay.
- Bette Davis

Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that
there's nothing in it for me.
- Bette Davis

I will never be below the title.
- Bette Davis

I do not regret one professional enemy I have made.
Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
- Bette Davis

In this rat-race everybody's guilty till proved innocent!
- Bette Davis

From the moment I was six I felt sexy.
And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell,
waiting to do something about it.
- Bette Davis

Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'.
In my day, we earned that recognition.
- Bette Davis

Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty,
but I fought for realism.
- Bette Davis

The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when
I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
- Bette Davis

That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.
- Bette Davis

Locations are all tough, all miserable.
I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners.
We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes.
- Bette Davis

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist.
Drive is considered aggression today;
I knew it then as purpose.
- Bette Davis

When a man gives his opinion he's a man.
When a woman gives her opinion she's a bitch.
- Bette Davis

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor,
to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life.
The money is the gravy.
- Bette Davis

To look back is to relax one's vigil.
- Bette Davis

Psychoanalysis.
Almost went three times - almost.
Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful.
I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it.
- Bette Davis

There are new words now that excuse everybody.
Give me the good old days of heroes and villains,
the people you can bravo or hiss.
There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.
- Bette Davis

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal,
and not in reaching it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Know that life is most joyful when you
neither attempt to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not attempt to conquer the world with force,
for force only causes resistance.
- Lao Tzu

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you get frustrated by some of your family,
focus on the good aspects of your relationship
and attempt to overlook the irritations.
Then give thanks for everyone who plays a part in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am still amazed at how big, how enormous
a love and mystery God is -
and how small are the minds
that attempt to corral
this life force into rules and taboos,
cults and sects.
- Bono

Never go backward.
Attempt, and do it with all your might.
Determination is power.
- Charles Simmons

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon


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