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A collection of quotes and sayings by Ethel Barrymore on memory, day, friendship, are, love, life, past, stage, luminous, idea, event, artist, violin, difference and time.

16 Great Quotes By Ethel Barrymore On Success, Grace, Wisdom And Love

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actress

Born On: August 15, 1879

Died On: June 18, 1959

Born In: Philadelphia

Died At Age: 79

Ethel Barrymore was a celebrated, immensely talented American actress, stage performer and a member of 'actors from the Barrymore family'. Her career spanned approximately six decades and was regarded as ‘The First Lady of the American Theatre’ mainly because of her brilliant voice quality and distinctive style. In 1894, during the New York City season, she debuted as a stage actress. Her youthful stage presence, witty nature and energetic disposition gave her an edge over other artists of her generation. In 1928, the ‘Ethel Barrymore Theatre’ was inaugurated by her which was opened by Shuberts family and operates till date. Take a look at the popular, famous and inspiring quotes and sayings by the distinguished diva which has been curated from her movies, performances, dialogues, work, thoughts and public utterances. Read through the quotable quotes and thoughts by Ethel Barrymore.

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh -- at yourself.

Ethel Barrymore

When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn`t that the best position from which to pray?

Ethel Barrymore

For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a MaCaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.

Ethel Barrymore

You grow up the day you have the first real laugh at yourself.

Ethel Barrymore

The best time to make friends is before you need them.

Ethel Barrymore

You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

Ethel Barrymore

That's all there is; there isn't any more.

Ethel Barrymore

When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn't that the best position from which to pray?

Ethel Barrymore

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.

Ethel Barrymore

I never let them cough. They wouldn't dare.

Ethel Barrymore

For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a MaCaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinocerus.

Ethel Barrymore

The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.

Ethel Barrymore

The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

Ethel Barrymore

The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.

Ethel Barrymore

Fundamentally I feel that there is as much difference between the stage and the films as between a piano and a violin. Normally you can't become a virtuoso in both.

Ethel Barrymore

The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure - if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out.

Ethel Barrymore