There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.

— Bette Davis

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Getting old is not for sissies.

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You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.

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My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist.

Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.

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If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.

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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.

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I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.

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It's true we don't know what we've got until its gone, but we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives. Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.

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Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

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I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.

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Old age is no place for sissies.

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If everybody likes you, you're pretty dull.

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I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable... I suppose I'm larger than life.

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About Bette Davis

Quotes 153 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actress
Birthday October 16

Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.

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Don't you hate people who drink white wine? I mean, my dear, every alcoholic in town is getting falling-down drunk on white wine. They think they aren't drunks because they only drink wine. Never, never trust anyone who asks for white wine. It means they're phonies.

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The male ego with few exceptions is elephantine to start with.

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I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.

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You know what I'm going to have on my gravestone? 'She did it the hard way.'

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May each of my grandsons know, at an early age, what his life's ambition is -- and may he be successful in his pursuit of that goal.

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I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.

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The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.

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Never, never trust anyone who asks for white wine. It means they're phonies.

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Once the love bug wears off, as it inevitably does, you are shocked to discover that you really didn't know the object of your affections at all. We know this to be so, even as we repeat the same mistake over and over and over.

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It's a rare man who can stand being around an intelligent woman, let alone married to her.

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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.

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There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.

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

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

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Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars.

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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.

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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.

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I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.

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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.

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It's a very independent male creature that lives alone, and a lot of independent females who live alone. It's all very sad but it's much easier for both sexes to do it this way nowadays.

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You mustn't miss the moment. There's only one first sailing into Rio harbor.

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[On gay men:] Let me say, a more artistic, appreciative group of people for the arts does not exist ... They are more knowledgeable, more loving of the arts. They make the average male look stupid.

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If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.

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Home is where you go to when you've nowhere to go.

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An affair now and then is good for a marriage.

It adds spice, stops it from getting boring... I ought to know.

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Without discipline and detachment, an actor is an emotional slob, spilling his insides out. This abandonment is having an unfortunate vogue. It is tasteless, formless, absurd. Without containment there is no art. All this vomiting and wheezing and bursting at the seams is no more great acting than the convulsions of raving maniacs.

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The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

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If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.

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Among the reasons marriages fail, sex ranks no higher than fourth, behind money, having only one bathroom, and an inability to communicate, reasons one, two and three.

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

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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.

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

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I didn't forget your breakfast. I didn't bring your breakfast. Because you didn't eat your din-din.

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Sex is God's joke on human beings.

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If you want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do it.

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I am just too much.

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