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Bette Davis Quotes

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television and theatre.
(1908 - 1989)

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

Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.

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

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

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.

Being called very, very difficult is the beginning of success. Until you've been called very, very difficult you're really nobody at all.

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

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.

Everybody has a heart. Except some people.

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.

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

Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for 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.

I am just too much.

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.

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.

I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which means you've had it.

I have always been driven by some distant music-a battle hymn no doubt-for I have been at war from the beginning. I've never looked back before. I've never had the time and it has always seemed so dangerous.
[The Future]

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

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