Bette Davis

Bette Davis

American Actress, Producer

Lived from: 1908-1989

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    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. A parent must also not be afraid to hang himself. If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
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    Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night! [As Margo Channing in All About Eve]
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    A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything 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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    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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    Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
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    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.
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    Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.
    Source: The lonely life: an autobiography
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    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.
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    Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
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    Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life.
    Source: Id love to kiss you-- : conversations with Bette Davis
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    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.
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    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.
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    I love my profession. I would never stop. Relax? I relax when I work. It's my life.
    Source: Nina J. Easton, Los Angeles Times (January 4, 1989) Bette Davis smoking over Stepmother role
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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.
    Source: The lonely life: an autobiography
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