Famous Quotes By Bette Davis


  1. A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
  2. An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring... I ought to know.
  3. Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
  4. 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.
  5. Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
  9. 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.
  10. I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
  11. I work to stay alive.
  12. I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.
  13. 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.
  14. In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star.
  15. I've always liked men better than women.
  16. I've lost my faith in science.
  17. 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.
  18. Old age is no place for sissies.
  19. Sex is God's joke on human beings.
  20. Strong women only marry weak men.
  21. The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  22. The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the movies.
  23. 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.
  24. This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
  25. 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.
  26. Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.



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