Bette Davis quotes

Old age is no place for sissies. -Bette Davis



Oh, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We’ve already got the stars. – -Bette Davis




Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.- Bette Davis



I’d luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair. – Bette Davis



The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.- Bette Davis




Sex is God’s joke on human beings. -Bette Davis



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. -Bette Davis



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



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



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



Strong women only marry weak men. – Bette Davis



Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it. -Bette Davis



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



Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. -Bette Davis



Everybody has a heart. Except some people.- Bette Davis



Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life. -Bette Davis



A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else. – Bette Davis



I don’t take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache. – Bette Davis



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



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



There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.- Bette Davis



Gay Liberation? I ain’t against it, it’s just that there’s nothing in it for me. -Bette Davis



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



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



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



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



I am just too much.-Bette Davis



Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I’m afraid it did. – Bette Davis



I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries. -Bette Davis



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



This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.- Bette Davis



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



I work to stay alive. – Bette Davis I work to stay alive. -Bette Davis



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



The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can’t get work in the movies. -Bette Davis



I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears. -Bette Davis




I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.- Bette Davis



With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn’t consider dying. -Bette Davis


I’ve lost my faith in science. -Bette Davis



In this business, until you’re known as a monster you’re not a star. -Bette Davis



Good actors I’ve worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life. -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



Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism. -Bette Davis



To look back is to relax one’s vigil. -Bette Davis



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



I will never be below the title.- Bette Davis



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



That’s me: an old kazoo with some sparklers. -Bette Davis



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



I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don’t remember ever having seen one weep. -Bette Davis



I was the Marlon Brando of my generation. -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



I’ve always liked men better than women. -Bette Davis


We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to. -Bette Davis




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



Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life. – Bette Davis




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

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