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

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

Old age is no place for sissies.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.
- 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

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

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

I work to stay alive.
- Bette Davis

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

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

Strong women only marry weak men.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

I've always liked men better than women.
- 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 often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging
from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.
- Bette Davis

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

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

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

I will never be below the title.
- Bette Davis

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

This has always been a motto of mine:
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- 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 don't think of myself as a character actress -
that's become a phrase which means you've had it.
- Bette Davis

I've lost my faith in science.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- 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

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

Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

Laugh Loud - Laugh Often
Laugh At What's Funny - Laugh At What's Sad
Laugh At Me - Laugh At You - Laugh At Life
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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