124 Brigitte Bardot Quotes That You Will Appreciate
Actress & Animal Rights Activist
Better known as the sex symbol of 1950s and 1960s, Brigitte Bardot or Brigitte Annie Marie Bardot is a French model, singer, actor and an animal rights activist. Brigitte started her acting career in 1952. In 1956, she became a sensation as her movie ‘And God Created Women’ helped her became an international star. Famous French writer, De Beauvoir, was so much impressed with Brigitte that she became a subject of one of her essays, ‘The Lolita Syndrome’ and declared her as the most liberated women of post-war France. She was nominated for ‘Best Foreign Actress Award’ for her performance in 'Viva Maria!’. At the time of retirement from the entertainment industry in 1970s, she had done 47 movies and several musical shows. She also recorded nearly 60 songs while working in this industry. After her retirement, she became an active animal rights activist and a major opponent of the consumption of horse meat. People today remember Brigitte as the girl who made it up to the cover of ‘Elle’ in 1950. She burst into the stage when the people of France weren’t ready for her. She broke through all the norms of fashion and it spread like wild fire. The fierce lady broke all the stereotypes of her time and shared her insight about life, glamour, fashion and success. We have curated some of her most famous quotes and sayings from her life and films.
A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. I leave before being left. I decide. French courts are backward and politically correct, which is the height of stupidity. I absolutely loathe luxury. It is the one thing I cannot stand. I'm not made to be a mother. I know it's horrible to have to admit that, but I'm not adult enough to take care of a child. I am a native Frenchwoman and proud of it. I have to live with both my selves as best I may. I left a world in which I was a queen to enter one in which I'm a human being. It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen. I don't have the time or the desire to gaze at my navel. I don't think when I make love. Films have never shown the kind of relationship that can exist between two women. Fame had brought me so much unhappiness. I am not finding pregnancy much of a joy. I am afraid of childbirth, but I am afraid I can't find a way of avoiding it. I am against marriage, and I don't give a fig for society. I have not always loved wisely, but I was young. I have no private life at all. I am a hunted woman. I can't take a step without being questioned and surrounded. It is better to be Unfaithful, than Faithful without wanting to be. Only idiots refuse to change their minds. I never do anything by chance. I was just a cheap little starlet hardly acting at all in a very mediocre film. James Stewart was so kind and considerate and had such personal integrity. My soul is not my own any more. I cannot live like I want to. I am going to give up films. Vadim was both my teacher and my husband. I placed myself entirely in his hands. Romania will not be able to evolve if it continues to take cruel decisions against sensitive creatures, which are under the protection of European law. I only want to protect animals from barbarous, cruel, inhuman and backward rituals. I knew I had to be the best at something, otherwise I would be nothing. I knew I wanted the world to know about Brigitte Bardot. People are forever finding something wrong with you. I am not an actress. I can only play me - on and off the screen. I would like, before I die, to see the changes I've always fought for being made. If not, my life will have been worth nothing. I really wanted to die at certain periods in my life. If I upset some notions and went against established rules, that wasn't part of what I wanted to do. It wasn't my goal. I don't think I was a good comedian. I never get hung up on the past - the memories are too negative. Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it. I tried to make myself as pretty as possible and even then I thought I was ugly. I found it madly difficult to go out, to show myself. I was afraid of not living up to what people expected me to be. I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals I can no longer walk. I can no longer swim. But I'm lucky when I see how animals suffer. When you're thirty you're old enough to know better,but still young enough to go ahead and do it. I never left France for Hollywood nor stashed my money in Switzerland. I am really not interested in the cinema. China once again disgusts the world, portraying the image of a cruel, perverted people devoid of any feelings towards animals. We have to convince the people of Bucharest, who are dog lovers, to treat dogs like they treat their children and not just let them roam the streets. I stopped making films to look after animals. I'm not an extremist, you know. Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves. Now, if there was one woman in the world who didn't need publicity, who always had too much publicity, it was me. I am against the Islamisation of France. Among Muslims, I think there are some who are very good and some hoodlums, like everywhere. My parents gave me a strict upbringing, which at times has caused me to suffer distress but today I am grateful to them for it. My private life became public. People have already dirtied my name too much. When I love, I do it without counting. I give myself entirely. And each time, it is the grand love of my life. What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it. The woman who made those movies, that's not me. She's someone else. I don't see how a socialist government can tolerate hunting on horseback. The people who do this are snobs; they're very well-to-do. I have a gruff character. A film about my life? But I am not dead. I never had trouble saying what I have to say. I mourn the fact that my beautiful country has deteriorated in every way. I adore my houses - they're my refuge - but I detest more and more Saint-Tropez where it's impossible to live: invaded by tourists, social evenings, all of which I avoid and which terrorises me. My favourite animals are dogs. I wasn't scandalous - I didn't want to be. I don't feel old or used up, and I don't have time to waste thinking about aging, because I live only for my cause. It's the decomposition that gets me. You spend your whole life looking after your body. And then you rot away. Yes, I've often been threatened by hunters, by horsemeat butchers, and seal murderers... I am still alive! All of my causes, including the most radical, are motivated by the defense of animals. I belong to no party, and I am militant for no one. Fur is only of use to the animal that wears it. We must boycott fur coats as well as all the accessories. Fur is not luxury: it is an industry of death and suffering. I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can't do without them. My wild and free side unsettled some, and unwedged others. I am shocking, impertinent and insolent that's how it is. You can be barefoot and have worries. I never knowingly wanted to hurt anybody. I only live in the world of animal protection. I speak only of that. I think only of that. I am obsessed. I have the courage of my convictions. There is a certain dignity to being French. The world today doesn't please me. I wanted to be myself. Only myself. Death was like love, a romantic escape. In a democracy one must have the right to express oneself and that's what I do, even if it displeases. I say what I think and I think what I say. Swallows have disappeared, bees are dying out because of pesticides that should have been banned long ago - it's a scandal. I am greatly misunderstood by politically correct idiots. No matter whether it's someone from the political left or right, we just need a voice to stand up and defend animal rights. My mother wanted me to be friends only with children she considered socially suitable. Nobody has any security in loving me. I am astonished and surprised that someone could consider making a film about me without talking to me about it.
I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists.
What does it mean, being a woman?
Vadim changed my mind about acting. Vadim was the only man who was certain I had something special to offer.
Percentages are why I am rich.
It's better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.
If this fame, which people call my lucky break, were to stop tomorrow, I shouldn't care. If only every man who sees my films did not get the impression he can make love to me, I would be a lot happier.