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Helen Hayes Quotes

An American actress whose career spanned almost 70 years.
(1900 - 1993)

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Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness.

Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.

Age is not important unless you're a cheese.

Always aim for achievement, and forget about success.

Childhood is a short season.

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up... a lot of people don't have the courage to do it.

Everybody starts at the top, and then has the problem of staying there. Lasting accomplishment, however, is still achieved through a long, slow climb and self-discipline.

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.

I cry out for order and find it only in art.

I was once the typical daughter, then the easily recognizable wife, and then the quintessential mother. I seem always to have reminded people of someone in their family. Perhaps I am just the triumph of Plain Jane.
[Self Knowledge]

I'm leaving the screen because I don't think I am very good in the pictures and I have this beautiful dream that I'm elegant on the stage.

If you rest, you rust.

Legends die hard. They survive as truth rarely does.

Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.

My faith has wavered but has saved me.

One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.

Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.

People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me.

Stardom can be a gilded slavery.

The good die young but not always. The wicked prevail but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.

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