Bette Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis

Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis

American Actress of Film, Television and Theater

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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.

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.

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.

Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times - almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it.

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

I work to stay alive.

I've always liked men better than women.

Sex is God's joke on human beings.

This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

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.

I've lost my faith in science.

She's the original good time that was had by all.

Three years ago I was forty... forty! Four-oh! That slipped out. Now I suddenly feel as if I've taken all my clothes off.

I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good script and a bad director.

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American Actress of Film, Television and Theater