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Bette Davis Sayings: Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, to yielding.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which means you've had it.
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Bette Davis Sayings: The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity. It The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity. It is man's last desperate stand at superintendency.
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Bette Davis Sayings: You mustn't miss the moment. There's only one first sailing into Rio harbor. You mustn't miss the moment. There's only one first sailing into Rio harbor.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Playing our parts. Yes, we all have to do that and from childhood on, I Playing our parts. Yes, we all have to do that and from childhood on, I have found that my own character has been much harder to play worthily and far harder at times to comprehend than any of the roles I have portrayed.
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Bette Davis Sayings: To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lovely labor, to be given To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lovely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Once the love bug wears off, as it inevitably does, you are shocked to discover Once the love bug wears off, as it inevitably does, you are shocked to discover that you really didn't know the object of your affections at all. We know this to be so, even as we repeat the same mistake over and over and over.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I want to die with my high heels on, still in action. I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it's not a bit of 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.
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Bette Davis Sayings: One begins to realize that one is getting old when the birthday candles weigh more One begins to realize that one is getting old when the birthday candles weigh more than the cake.
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Bette Davis Sayings: The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
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Bette Davis Sayings: My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
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Bette Davis Sayings: It's better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone 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.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache. I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. - Now, Voyager Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. - Now, Voyager
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Bette Davis Sayings: I work to stay alive. I work to stay alive.
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Bette Davis Sayings: One can be respected with the truth in Hollywood just as much as anywhere else One can be respected with the truth in Hollywood just as much as anywhere else you know or else I wouldn't have had a career.
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Bette Davis Sayings: It's a rare man who can stand being around an intelligent woman, let alone married It's a rare man who can stand being around an intelligent woman, let alone married to her.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I didn't forget your breakfast. I didn't bring your breakfast. Because you didn't eat your I didn't forget your breakfast. I didn't bring your breakfast. Because you didn't eat your din-din.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism. Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare 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.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Women are the essential part of the theater but the writers are not writing about Women are the essential part of the theater but the writers are not writing about women. I think they're too perplexed about the whole female situation probably.
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Bette Davis Sayings: What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
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Bette Davis Sayings: With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying. With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I've always liked men better than women. I've always liked men better than women.
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Bette Davis Sayings: She's the original good time who was had by all. She's the original good time who was had by all.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I am just too much. I am just too much.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success 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.
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Bette Davis Sayings: There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen. There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I never said anything that was unprintable. Never said anything just for the sake of I never said anything that was unprintable. Never said anything just for the sake of being startling.
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Bette Davis Sayings: They say that in Hollywood one can't be honest, but I think honesty counts in They say that in Hollywood one can't be honest, but I think honesty counts in Hollywood just as much as it does anywhere else. I think it's just too much trouble to be dishonest and keep up with yourself.
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Bette Davis Sayings: People stood on their chairs, cheering and waving. And it was all for me! Waves People stood on their chairs, cheering and waving. And it was all for me! Waves of love flooded the stage and washed over me. I started to cry. The sweetness of such a moment is impossible to describe. One is both lover and beloved ... I'd found the one true, enduring romance of my life.
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Bette Davis Sayings: If you want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do If you want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do it.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries. I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Getting old isn't for sissies. Getting old isn't for sissies.
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Bette Davis Sayings: If everyone likes you, you're not doing it right. If everyone likes you, you're not doing it right.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation. Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.
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Bette Davis Sayings: I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears. I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.
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Bette Davis Sayings: Pray to God and say the lines. Pray to God and say the lines.
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Bette Davis Sayings: The secret of marriage is: separate bedrooms and separate bathrooms. The secret of marriage is: separate bedrooms and separate bathrooms.
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Bette Davis Sayings: You know what I'm going to have on my gravestone? 'She did it the hard You know what I'm going to have on my gravestone? 'She did it the hard way.'
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Bette Davis Sayings: As a female I think it's a terrible hindrance in business. I think it's a As a female I think it's a terrible hindrance in business. I think it's a terrible hindrance for any female to have a lot of intelligence in private life, but I think in business sometimes it's even worse because there's deep resentment.
Bette Davis Sayings: Success only breeds a new goal Success only breeds a new goal
Bette Davis Sayings: The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead. The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.
Bette Davis Sayings: In this rat-race everybody's guilty till proved innocent! In this rat-race everybody's guilty till proved innocent!
Bette Davis Sayings: The male ego with few exceptions is elephantine to start with. The male ego with few exceptions is elephantine to start with.
Bette Davis Sayings: Dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater. Dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater.
Bette Davis Sayings: Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me. Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
Bette Davis Sayings: I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good script and a bad director.
Bette Davis Sayings: Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years 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 Sayings: Yes, burn your bridges. Yes, burn your bridges.
Bette Davis Sayings: To look back is to relax one's vigil. To look back is to relax one's vigil.
Bette Davis Sayings: Without discipline and detachment, an actor is an emotional slob, spilling his insides out. This Without discipline and detachment, an actor is an emotional slob, spilling his insides out. This abandonment is having an unfortunate vogue. It is tasteless, formless, absurd. Without containment there is no art. All this vomiting and wheezing and bursting at the seams is no more great acting than the convulsions of raving maniacs.
Bette Davis Sayings: You know what nostalgia is, don't you? It's basically a matter of recalling the fun You know what nostalgia is, don't you? It's basically a matter of recalling the fun without reliving the pain.
Bette Davis Sayings: Old age is no place for sissies. Old age is no place for sissies.
Bette Davis Sayings: I believe one should be a woman at home. I believe one should be a woman at home.
Bette Davis Sayings: The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the movies.
Bette Davis Sayings: Getting old is not for sissies. Getting old is not for sissies.
Bette Davis Sayings: I was the Marlon Brando of my generation. I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.
Bette Davis Sayings: There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
Bette Davis Sayings: If everybody likes you, you're pretty dull. If everybody likes you, you're pretty dull.
Bette Davis Sayings: At 50, I thought proudly: Here we are, half century! Being 60 was fairly frightening. At 50, I thought proudly: Here we are, half century! Being 60 was fairly frightening. You want to know how I spent my 70th birthday? I put on a completely black face, a fuzzy black Afro wig, wore black clothes and hung a black wreath on my door.
Bette Davis Sayings: You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good ... You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good ... Joan Crawford is dead. Good.
Bette Davis Sayings: If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.
Bette Davis Sayings: I wanted to be the first to win three Oscars, but Miss Hepburn has done I wanted to be the first to win three Oscars, but Miss Hepburn has done it. Actually it hasn't been done. Miss Hepburn only won half an Oscar. If they'd given me half an Oscar I would have thrown it back in their faces. You see, I'm an Aries. I never lose.
Bette Davis Sayings: I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.
Bette Davis Sayings: If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent. If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.
Bette Davis Sayings: You've got to know someone pretty well to hate them. You've got to know someone pretty well to hate them.
Bette Davis Sayings: I think I'll have a large order of prognosis negative. I think I'll have a large order of prognosis negative.
Bette Davis Sayings: May each of my grandsons know, at an early age, what his life's ambition is May each of my grandsons know, at an early age, what his life's ambition is
and may he be successful in his pursuit of that goal.
Bette Davis Sayings: Success is built on disappointment, and disappointment is inherent in all success. Success is built on disappointment, and disappointment is inherent in all success.
Bette Davis Sayings: A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
Bette Davis Sayings: I was never very interested in boys - and there were plenty of them - 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 Sayings: I may not have been wearing a mink coat, but I was traveling with a I may not have been wearing a mink coat, but I was traveling with a dog. That should have made you think I was an actress!
Bette Davis Sayings: From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it 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 Sayings: An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring ... I ought to know.
Bette Davis Sayings: I will never be below the title. I will never be below the title.
Bette Davis Sayings: Strong women only marry weak men. Strong women only marry weak men.
Bette Davis Sayings: I'de luv to kiss ya but I just washed my hair. I'de luv to kiss ya but I just washed my hair.
Bette Davis Sayings: That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers. That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.
Bette Davis Sayings: Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times - almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me 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 Sayings: Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars. Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars.
Bette Davis Sayings: I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.
Bette Davis Sayings: You should know me well enough by now to know I don't ask for things You should know me well enough by now to know I don't ask for things I don't think I can get.
Bette Davis Sayings: She did it the hard way. She did it the hard way.
Bette Davis Sayings: Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn't do much 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 Sayings: Old age ain't no place for sissies. Old age ain't no place for sissies.
Bette Davis Sayings: It is my last wish to be burried sitting up. It is my last wish to be burried sitting up.
Bette Davis Sayings: I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived. I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
Bette Davis Sayings: Life is the past, the present and the perhaps. Life is the past, the present and the perhaps.
Bette Davis Sayings: Evil people you never forget them. And that's the aim of any actress-never to be Evil people you never forget them. And that's the aim of any actress-never to be forgotten.
Bette Davis Sayings: I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.
Bette Davis Sayings: Sex is God's joke on human beings. Sex is God's joke on human beings.
Bette Davis Sayings: I think men have got to change an awful lot. They still prefer the little I think men have got to change an awful lot. They still prefer the little woman.
Bette Davis Sayings: It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on 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.
Bette Davis Sayings: I've lost my faith in science. I've lost my faith in science.
Bette Davis Sayings: [On gay men:] Let me say, a more artistic, appreciative group of people for the [On gay men:] Let me say, a more artistic, appreciative group of people for the arts does not exist ... They are more knowledgeable, more loving of the arts. They make the average male look stupid.
Bette Davis Sayings: Old age ain't for sissies Old age ain't for sissies