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A collection of Bette Davis Quotes and sayings on age, art, children, acting, inspiration, love, movies, romance, parents etc.

38 Top Bette Davis Quotes Worth Noting

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actress

Born On: April 5, 1908

Died On: October 6, 1989

Born In: Lowell

Died At Age: 81

One of the biggest names in the history of American cinema, television and theatre, Bette Davis, was renowned for the characters she portrayed on screen. Even though she played various characters ranging from comedy to suspense thrillers, she is recognised for her roles in romantic dramas. Despite her spitfire and non-diplomatic attitude against studio executives and colleagues coupled with her critical persona, she went on to become the most prominent female icon in the industry. Her list of accolades includes Academy Award for Best Actress and Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. She was also elected as the first female President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In response to her combative reputation she stated that “In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star.” Here are some entertaining quotes from Bette Davis.

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

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis

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.

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis

Old age ain't no place for sissies.

Bette Davis

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

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

Bette Davis

Everybody has a heart. Except some people.

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis

I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.

Bette Davis

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

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

Bette Davis

If everybody likes you, you're pretty dull.

Bette Davis

I am just too much.

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis

I'de luv to kiss ya but I just washed my hair.

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

This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

Bette Davis

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.

Bette Davis

I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my makeup box.

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

I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable... I suppose I'm larger than life.

Bette Davis

Getting old is not for sissies.

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis

Life is the past, the present and the perhaps.

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis

Success only breeds a new goal

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

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.

Bette Davis

It's better to be HATED for who you ARE then Loved for who you ARE NOT!

Bette Davis

Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. - Now, Voyager

Bette Davis

I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I am larger than life.

Bette Davis

I'd like ta kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.

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

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

Bette Davis

Getting old ain't for sissies.

Bette Davis

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

Bette Davis