100+ Bette Davis Quotes That Will Get You Through The Day

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Bette Davis quotes that will get you through the day. There are so many Bette Davis quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Bette Davis quotes exists just do that.

Bette Davis had been a very famous actress of movie, TV, and also, theatre. Bette Davis had a career spanning for 60 years, and Bette Davis is well-known as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood. She had been well-known for playing sardonic and unsympathetic, characters, and Bette Davis had been famous for her performances in a range of movie genres, like contemporary crime melodramas, suspense horror, historical and period films, and also comedies.

After Bette Davis had made an appearance in Broadway plays, she had moved to Hollywood in the year, 1930. Bette Davis had starred in a few films for Universal Studios that had been unsuccessful. Bette Davis had then joined Warner Bros., and she had established her career with a lot of acclaimed performances. Bette Davis had then tried to free herself from the contract, even though Bette Davis had lost the legal case against Warners, and it had marked the beginning of Bette Davis’s successful period.

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“Getting old is not for sissies.”

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“I’de luv to kiss ya but I just washed my hair.”

Bette Davis famous quotes“Everybody has a heart. Except some people.”

Bette Davis popular quotes “Life is the past, the present and the perhaps.”

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“Success only breeds a new goal”

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“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.”

“Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“If everybody likes you, you’re pretty dull.”

“Discipline is a symbol of caring to a child.He needs guidance.If there is love, there is no such thing as being too tough with a child. A parent must also not be afraid to hang himself. If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.”

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

“I am just too much.”

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

“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 have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable… I suppose I’m larger than life.”

“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 will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my makeup box.”

“I never wished I’d been a man. I always felt like a woman and wanted to be a woman. I wanted to be fulfilled professionally and personally, as a woman. There are some who might say I had penis envy, but I only had penis admiration.”

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

“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.”

“My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.”

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

“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”

“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.”

“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”

“Funny business, a woman’s career. The things you drop on your way up the ladder– so you can move faster– you forget you’ll need them when you go back to being a woman. That’s one career all females have in common whether we like it or not. Being a woman. Sooner or later, we’ve got to work at it, no matter what other careers we’ve had or wanted. And in the last analysis nothing is any good unless you can look up just before dinner– or turn around in bed– and there he is. Without that you’re not a woman. You’re someone with a French provincial office– or a book full of clippings. But you’re not a woman. Slow curtain. The end. (from “All About Eve”)”

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“The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone’s concern and like vampires they suck our life’s blood.”

“My energies knew no bounds and I became more and more interested in civic causes, the first of which was The Tailwaggers. It was an organization that cared for abandoned and lost dogs. Its English progenitor had been started by the Duke of Windsor—now married to the lady at King’s Bench. A lifelong dog lover, I became president of the group and during my tenure of office we trained dogs for the blind. The work became infinitely satisfying and accomplished a twofold purpose. In order to raise money,”

“It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for any lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.”

“[joan crawford] slept with every male star at MGM, except lassie.
[joan crawford] ha dormito con ogni star maschile della MGM, eccetto lassie.”

“I would rather have a go at something I feel, and be hurt, than always be protecting myself—that way one does not really live.”

“Daddy in his infinite knowledge always saw the roots and not the flowers. He took all the watches of the world apart and never knew what time it was.”

“When someone says, “Happy birthday and many happy returns of the day,” I usually say, “If God takes up my option.” In the motion picture business there were once options, usually yearly. If taken up, your contract was extended for another year by the studio. It is appalling to realize that God has taken up my option for seventy-eight years.”

“Anything cruel I do is mental, not physical”

“One nurse told me to say please when I asked her to do something. She should consider herself luck to be in one piece today.”

“I think I showed my restraint by not pulling her hair out by the roots.”

“I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.”

“I’m the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.”

“[on rival Joan Crawford] She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie.”

“[on her character in All About Eve (1950)] Margo Channing was not a bitch. She was an actress who was getting older and was not too happy about it. And why
should she be? Anyone who says that life begins at 40 is full of it. As people get older their bodies begin to decay. They get sick. They forget things.
What’s good about that?”

“Gay Liberation? I ain’t against it, it’s just that there’s nothing in it for me.”

“Success only breeds a new goal.”

“What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.”

“I have never known the great actor who… didn’t plan eventually to direct or produce. If he has no such dream, he is usually bitter, ungratified and
eventually alcoholic.”

“There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.”

“I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not
understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man’s happiness as it is to a woman’s. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be
totally contented and still be out howling at the moon.”

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“The male ego, with few exceptions, is elephantine to start with.”

“To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.”

“I’d marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he’d be dead within a year.”

“An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.”

“[referring to her parents’ divorce when she was 7] Of course I replaced my father. I became my own father and everyone else’s.”

“I will never be below the title.”

“If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.”

“Today everyone is a star – they’re all billed as ‘starring’ or ‘also starring’. In my day, we earned that recognition.”

“[about Katharine Hepburn’s tie for the 1968 Oscar with Barbra Streisand] 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.”

“[referring to her fourth husband, Gary Merrill] Gary was a macho man, but none of my husbands was ever man enough to become Mr. Bette Davis.”

“[when told that “at one time” she had a reputation for being difficult] At one time?! I’ve been known as difficult for 50 years, practically! What do you
mean “at one time”? Nooo, I’ve been like this for 50 years. And it’s always always to make it the best film I can make it!”

“Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it’s because I’m not a bitch. Maybe that’s why [Joan Crawford] always plays ladies.”

“[when told not to speak ill of the dead] Just because someone is dead does not mean they have changed!”

“[on sex] God’s biggest joke on human beings.”

“[commenting on the death of long-time nemesis Joan Crawford] You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is
dead. Good.”

“[commenting about her mother, an aspiring actress] I had to be the monster for both of us.”

“If Hollywood didn’t work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.”

“I have been uncompromising, peppery, infractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I’m larger than life.”

“[Joan Crawford] and I have never been warm friends. We are not simpatico. I admire her, and yet I feel uncomfortable with her. To me, she is the
personification of the Movie Star. I have always felt her greatest performance is Crawford being Crawford.”

“[after having blown the same line several times in Hollywood Canteen (1944), in which she plays herself] I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I think I
just can’t play myself. I don’t know how! But, if you give me a drink – give me a cigarette – give me a gun – I’ll play any old bag you want me to. I just
can’t play myself!”

“Beyond the Forest (1949) was a terrible movie! It had the longest death scene ever seen on the screen.”

“I was a person who couldn’t make divorce work. For me, there’s nothing lonelier than a turned-down toilet seat.”

“[before taking her final flight in 1989] I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.”

“I always had the will to win. I felt it baking cookies. They had to be the best cookies anyone baked.”

“When I die, they’ll probably auction off my false eyelashes.”

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“My favorite person to work with was Claude Rains.”

“[on John Wayne] I certainly would have given anything to have worked with John Wayne. He’s the most attractive man who ever walked the earth, I think.”

“[on Errol Flynn] He was just beautiful . . . Errol. He himself openly said, “I don’t know really anything about acting,” and I admire his honesty because
he’s absolutely right.”

“[on director Lindsay Anderson] I think he’s a very talented man, but I think he’s a difficult man to work with. He really prefers theatre and not film, and
that’s a little depressing, I must say.”

“[on Errol Flynn] He was not an actor of enormous talent — he would have admitted that himself — but in all those swashbuckling things he was beautiful.”

“[in 1977, on why she was still working] So I am up to my ears in taxes and debts, and that’s why I come out of my house in Connecticut every few years and
work. I can hole up for just so long, then I gotta get out and stir things up again. It’s half for income and half for me.”

“[during tension on the set of The Whales of August (1987) about her esteemed costar Lillian Gish] She ought to know about close-ups! Jesus, she was around
when they invented them!”

“I think acting should look as if we were working a *little* … It’s like the juggler who loses it twice and then gets it, you know, finally. Which is a very
old-fashioned theory today. See, you mustn’t have *any* idea that *anybody* knows the camera’s on them at all. You see: it’s just life. Well, we all have
life, 24, 12 hours a day, and sometimes we want to forget life, you know. And I think it should be a *little* larger than life. A little bit theatrical.”

“[to TV interviewer Dick Cavett] People say, when I’m coming on with someone like you for ninety minutes, “Don’t you want to know what’s going to happen?” I
*don’t* want to know the questions ahead, because number one, I trust your taste, but if you should ask me something that I *really* don’t want to go into,
I’d give a *perfectly* nice smile, not insulting, and say, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Nobody can *make* you talk about something. So if I’m *fool*
enough to talk about it, then it’s not your fault, it’s mine. Like many bad interviews, this is what happens: it’s the actor’s fault. They get five good
hookers in them, and tell their life story. Well, you cannot blame the interviewer who goes out and prints it. … Anybody who does an interview with drinks
is a fool. Because we all know we talk more with drinks.”

“[of the studio executives] Four compliments a year, we never would have asked for so much money. Truthfully! They never knew it! Actors are complete suckers
for good parts, you know, and just saying, “You did a *good* job, Bette!” Never. Never. Never…. I think it would’ve made a whole different salary scale in
California, yes, I do. They only respected you by how much money you made. You could be the same actress at six-fifty a week or thirty thousand a week, and
you’re a *much* better actress at thirty thousand a week.”

“[on being idolized and spoiled while traveling] This is *part* of the reward, but boy, you don’t get that for a long time! And that must never be your
motive. See that *can’t* be the motive. Because that isn’t what you want the most. You want to get on that stage and work.”

“On work: This became a credo of mine…attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.”

“On desire: 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.”

“On sexual politics: I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.”

“On growth: I have always been driven by some distant music — a battle hymn no doubt — for I have been at war from the beginning. I’ve never looked back
before. I’ve never had the time and it has always seemed so dangerous. To look back is to relax one’s vigil.”

“On experience: Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”

“The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and
always bitter. They are everyone’s concern and like vampires they suck our life’s blood.”

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