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Old age is no place for sissies. ...
by Bette Davis

Old age is no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis

Related topics: Age

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.
- 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

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

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

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

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

I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box.
- 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've always liked men better than women.
- 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

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

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

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

I will never be below the title.
- Bette Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strong women only marry weak men.
- 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

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

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- 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

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.
- 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

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

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

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

The trick is growing up without growing old.
- Casey Stengel

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Comparisons are odious.
- old English Proverb

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau


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