Quotations by Bette Davis

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Born: Sunday, April 5, 1908
Died: Friday, October 6, 1989 (81 years old)
Profession: Actress
Nationality: American


A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Happiness, Want)

Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Life, Acting)

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring... I ought to know.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Marriage, Now)

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Work, Order)

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.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Home, Jungle, World)

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Love, Marriage, End, Respect)

Everybody has a heart. Except some people.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: People, Heart)

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.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Hell, Waiting)

Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Gay, Nothing)

Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Life, Actors, Faces)

Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Hollywood, Pretty, Realism)

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.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Success, Work, Goal, Eternity)

I am just too much.
- Bette Davis

I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Business, Actor, Enemy, Regret)

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Movies)

I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which means you've had it.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Character)

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Actor)

I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Talk, Tears)

I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Sex, Bed)

I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Husband, Flowers, Nixon)

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.
- Bette Davis

I was never very interested in boys - and there were plenty of them - vying with one another to see how many famous women they would get into the hay.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Women, Boys, Famous)

I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.
- Bette Davis

I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Work)

I will never be below the title.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Will)

I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Will)

I work to stay alive.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Work)

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Kiss, Hair)

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.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Man)

I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
- Bette Davis

I've always liked men better than women.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Men, Women)

I've lost my faith in science.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Faith, Science)

If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.
- Bette Davis

In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Business)

In this rat-race everybody's guilty till proved innocent!
- Bette Davis

It is my last wish to be burried sitting up.
- Bette Davis

Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Jest, Now)

Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Sound, Years)

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone-but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Love)

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.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Men, Women)

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Purpose, Aggression, Today)

Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Moon, Stars)

Old age is no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Age, Old)

People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: They pretend they are someone else.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: People)

Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times - almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Successful, Actors, Psychoanalysis)

Sex is God's joke on human beings.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: God, Sex)

Strong women only marry weak men.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Men, Women)

That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Old)

The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Time, Baby, Stairs)

The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.
- Bette Davis
(Keywords: Life, Key)



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