Greta Garbo Quotes

Who is Greta Garbo?

Greta Garbo was a Swedish-American actress in Classic Hollywood.

Born September 18, 1905
Died April 15, 1990

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Best 42 Quotes by Greta Garbo | Page 1 of 2

“All alike, you men. You only want the satisfaction of being through with us first, that's all. So far I've had the good fortune of beating you to it. So I am heartless.”

“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.”

“Being a movie star, and this applies to all of them, means being looked at from every possible direction. You are never left at peace, you're just fair game.”

“Every one of us lives this life just once, if we are honest, to live once is enough.”

“I always wanted to do my best. I got nothing free — I had to work hard.”

“I cannot see myself as a wife. Ugly word.”

“I don't like writers. They're dangerous people.”

“I don't want to be a silly temptress. I cannot see any sense in getting dressed up and doing nothing but tempting men in pictures.”

“I don’t like to talk to people, because I can’t express myself satisfactorily. I don’t say the things I mean.”

“I have made enough faces.”

“I like the sea: we understand one another. It is always yearning, sighing for something it cannot have; and so am I.”

“I live like a monk: with one toothbrush, one cake of soap, and a pot of cream.”

“I never met a man I could marry.”

“I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be left alone!' There is all the difference.”

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“I smoke all the time, one after the other.”

“I was always sad as a child, for as long as I can think back. I hated crowds of people, and used to sit in a corner by myself, just thinking.”

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“I wish I were supernaturally strong so I could put right everything that is wrong.”

“I'm afraid of nothing except being bored!”

“I'm not always sincere. One can't be in this world, you know.”

“I've always wanted two lives – one for the movies, one for myself.”

“If only those who dream about Hollywood knew how difficult it all is.”

“If you are blessed, you are blessed, whether you are married or single.”

“If you’re going to die on screen, you’ve got to be strong and in good health.”

“Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?”

“It could be so beautiful here if the Americans themselves had not made it so ugly with their big buildings, their millions of cars, and noise.”

“It is bitter to think of one's best years disappearing in this unpolished country.”

“It's difficult in Hollywood to be allowed to try anything. It's all a terrible compromise. There is no time for art. All that matters is what they call box office.”

“It's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half.”

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“Life could be so wonderful; if only we knew what to do with it.”

“Love is a romantic designation for a most ordinary biological process or, shall we say, chemical process. A lot of nonsense is talked and written about it.”

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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


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