Bette Davis Quotes
I love my profession. I would never stop. Relax? I relax when I work. It's my life.
Published in Houston Chronicle, January 4, 1989
'In the beginning was the Word,' and you must not be tempted with a script just because you have a great part. You want a great role to play, but the whole - the whole - must be good. It'll never succeed if it's just the role you like.
Published in Christian Science Monitor, December 28, 1987.
Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life.
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.
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.
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.
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 have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable... I suppose I'm larger than life.
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 wouldn't worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be.
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.
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.
Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
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.
Being called very, very difficult is the beginning of success. Until you’re called very, very difficult you’re really nobody at all.