Bette Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis

Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis

American Actress of Film, Television and Theater

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With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

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

You should know me well enough by now to know I don't ask for things I don't think I can get.

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

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.

Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star.

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.

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

We're all busy little bees, full of stings, making honey day and night, aren't we honey?

When a man gives his opinion he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion she's a bitch.

Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why Miss Crawford always plays ladies.

In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star.

On being told that her death was rumored: With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.

The real actor — like any real artist — has a direct line to the collective heart.

In this rat-race everybody's guilty till proved innocent!

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

The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone's concern and like vampires they suck our life's blood.

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.

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

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.

It is my last wish to be buried sitting up.

Pray to God and say the lines.

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

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American Actress of Film, Television and Theater