Bette Davis Quotes


Best 37 Quotes by Bette Davis – Page 1 of 2

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“Getting old ain’t for sissies.”

“I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.”

“I never wished I’d been a man. There are some who might
say I had pen*s envy, but I only had pen*s admiration.”

“I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.”

“I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.”

“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.”

“I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good script and a bad director.”

“I wouldn’t piss on her if she was on fire. (on Joan Crawford) ”

“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.”

“I’ve no time for broads who want to rule the world alone. Without men, who’d do up the zipper on the back of your dress?”

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

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“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.”

“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.”

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

“People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: they pretend they are someone else.”

“Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.”

“Success only breeds a new goal.”

“Technicolor makes me look like death warmed over.”

“The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God’s joke on humanity. It is man’s last desperate stand at superintendency.”

“The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?'”

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

“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.”

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

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

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