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Quotes of the day: Elaine Stritch

Published Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 5:49 PM EST
Feb 01 2015

Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 - July 17, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway. She appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films and many television programs. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All you have to do is say, 'I'm going home,' and you're the most popular girl at the party.

Certain type of actresses get younger instead of older. I always say, 'Only ingenues age.'

Convent schools are breeding grounds for great broads and occasionally one-of-the-boys.

Everybody’s just lovin’ everybody else just too much for my money.

Fear is the base of what everybody does wrong in their lives.

I am not influenced by other human beings. But I am inspired.

I don't think there's any thrill in the world like doing work you're good at.

I find it easier to abstain than do a little bit of anything. I'm not a 'little bit' kind of dame. I want it all, whatever I do.

I never found anyone who could look after me as well as I could look after myself.

I tell the truth, and it has gotten me into a lot of trouble. My dad used to say to me, 'If you tell the truth all day long, you will end up in jail.'

Talent is seductive.

Talent is very dangerous. It alienates people.

This age thing is all up to you. It's like happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it.

You can't be funny unless you're tragic, and you can't be tragic unless you're funny.

You cannot tell an audience a lie. They know it before you do; before it's out of your mouth, they know it's a lie.

You never know what is happening to yourself when it is happening.

It gets tiring being a smartass.

I try to think of myself as an actress playing Elaine Stritch. That helps.

And why not do something new every day of your life? Change! Change!


(February 2 is also the birthday of James Joyce.)

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