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51 Bette Davis quotes to motivate you

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  • Success only breeds a new goal. – Bette Davis


  • Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. – Bette Davis


  • Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not a star. – Bette Davis


  • If everybody likes you, you’re pretty dull. – Bette Davis


  • The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead. – Bette Davis


  • 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. – Bette Davis


  • When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch. – Bette Davis


  • It’s better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you’re not. It’s a sign of your worth sometimes, if you’re hated by the right people. – Bette Davis


  • A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else. – Bette Davis


  • If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent. – Bette Davis


I survived because I was tougher than anybody else. – Bette Davis


  • I’m the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived. – Bette Davis


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  • Getting old ain’t for sissies. – Bette Davis


  • 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. – Bette Davis


  • 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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  • 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. – Bette Davis


  • I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box. – Bette Davis


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


  • I never wished I’d been a man. I always felt like a woman and wanted to be a woman. I wanted to be fulfilled professionally and personally, as a woman. There are some who might say I had penis envy, but I only had penis admiration. – Bette Davis


  • 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. – Bette Davis


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


  • She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie. – Bette Davis, on Joan Crawford


  • Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation. – Bette Davis


  • I wouldn’t piss on her if she was on fire. – Bette Davis


  • Does success turn you into a monster? Most of them were monsters before they ever became successful. – Bette Davis


  • Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it’s because I’m not a bitch. Maybe that’s why Joan Crawford always plays ladies.– Bette Davis


  • 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. – Bette Davis


  • Everybody has a heart. Except some people. – Bette Davis
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  • I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man’s happiness as it is to a woman’s. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be totally contented and still be out howling at the moon. – Bette Davis


  • Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life. – Bette Davis


  • You should know me well enough by now to know I don’t ask for things I don’t think I can get.– Bette Davis


  • My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.– Bette Davis


  • If Hollywood didn’t work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world. – Bette Davis


  • Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism. – Bette Davis


  • I certainly would have given anything to have worked with John Wayne. He’s the most attractive man who ever walked the earth, I think.– Bette Davis


  • You know what I’m going to have on my gravestone? “She did it the hard way.” – Bette Davis


  • Today everyone is a star – they’re all billed as “starring” or “also starring.” In my day, we earned that recognition. – Bette Davis


  • 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. – Bette Davis


  • Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, to yielding.– Bette Davis
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  • What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.– Bette Davis


  • People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves, they pretend they are someone else. – Bette Davis


  • I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good script and a bad director. – Bette Davis


  • I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears. – Bette Davis


  • 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. – Bette Davis


  • You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation. – Bette Davis


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


  • Technicolor makes me look like death warmed over. – Bette Davis


  • 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. – Bette Davis


  • Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, pain of love lasts a lifetime. – Bette Davis


  • I’ve no time for broads who want to rule the world alone. Without men, who’d do up the zipper on the back of your dress? – Bette Davis


  • Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I’m afraid it did. – Bette Davis