38 Top Bette Davis Quotes Worth Noting
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. There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne. If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent. 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. The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead. Old age ain't no place for sissies. You should know me well enough by now to know I don't ask for things I don't think I can get. Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, to yielding. Everybody has a heart. Except some people. Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime. I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived. 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. You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation. If everybody likes you, you're pretty dull. A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else. I'de luv to kiss ya but I just washed my hair. 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. This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. 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. I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my makeup box. 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. I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable... I suppose I'm larger than life. Getting old is not for sissies. Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did. Life is the past, the present and the perhaps. If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent. Success only breeds a new goal My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose. I survived because I was tougher than anybody else. It's better to be HATED for who you ARE then Loved for who you ARE NOT!
Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. - Now, Voyager
I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I am larger than life.
I'd like ta kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.
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.
In this business, until you're known as a monster, you're not a star
Getting old ain't for sissies. I'd like to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.