Bette Davis

United States film actress (1908-1989)

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From the age of six, I have known that I was sexy. And let me tell you it has been hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.
Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
Getting old is not for sissies.
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 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 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.
I'd marry again if I found a man who had 15 million and would sign over half of it to me before the marriage and guarantee he'd be dead within a year.
I'll play with it first and tell you what it is later.
If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.
It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.
Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone - but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone -- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today I knew it then as purpose.
The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity. It is man's last desperate stand at superintendency.
The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.
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.
This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
This became a credo of mine: attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
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.
To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to seat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. As everyone else, I love to dunk my crust in it. But alone, it is not a diet designed to keep body and soul together.
To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life.
We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.
Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

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