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This has always been a motto of mine:
by Bette Davis

This has always been a motto of mine:
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

Old age is no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis

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

 

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

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

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Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sex is God's joke on human beings.
- 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

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

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

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

I will never be below the title.
- Bette Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strong women only marry weak men.
- 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 lost my faith in science.
- Bette Davis

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

Everybody has a heart.
Except some people.
- 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

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

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

I work to stay alive.
- Bette Davis

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

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

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

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

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

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.
- 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

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau


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