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I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who ...
by Bette Davis

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

Related topics: Movies

Old age is no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A sure way to lose happiness, I found,
is to want it at the expense of everything 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 never did pal around with actresses.
Their talk usually bored me to tears.
- Bette Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strong women only marry weak men.
- Bette Davis

I've always liked men better than women.
- 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

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step - large and small -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau


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