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Quotes of the day: Bette Davis

Published Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Oct 06 2013

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

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

Anyone who says life begins at forty is full of it.

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

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.

Being called very, very difficult is the beginning of success. Until you've been called very, very difficult you're really nobody at all.

Everybody has a heart. Except some people.

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.

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

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.

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

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

I never married anybody I didn't think I loved.

I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good script and a bad director.

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.

I've no time for broads who want to rule the world alone. Without men, who'd do up the zipper on the back of your dress?

If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.

If you want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do it.

It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.

It's better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you're not. It's a sign of your worth sometimes, if you're hated by the right people.

Just because someone dies (Joan Crawford) doesn't mean they've changed.

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.

Marriage needs communication- and separate baths.

Old age ain't no place for sissies.

Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.

Some young Hollywood starlets remind me of my grandmother's old farmhouse- all painted up nice on the front side, a big swing on the backside, and nothing whatsoever in the attic

Strong women only marry weak men.

The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity.

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

The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone's concern and like vampires they suck our life's blood.

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.

There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.

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

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

You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.

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