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

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

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. ---->>>

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.

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

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

Sex is God's joke on human beings.

Sex is God's joke on human beings.

Old age is no place for sissies.

Old age is no place for sissies.

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 sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else. ---->>>

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.

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.

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? ---->>>

Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent. ---->>>

I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived. ---->>>

Everybody has a heart. Except some people. ---->>>

I've always liked men better than women. ---->>>

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.

Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.

The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.

Strong women only marry weak men. ---->>>

I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed. ---->>>

I am just too much. ---->>>

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. ---->>>

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

Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me. ---->>>

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

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

I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box. ---->>>

I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears. ---->>>

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring... I ought to know. ---->>>

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

I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back. ---->>>

Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life. ---->>>

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

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

I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries. ---->>>

It is my last wish to be burried sitting up. ---->>>

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

I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which means you've had it. ---->>>

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

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

Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.

Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep. ---->>>

I was the Marlon Brando of my generation. ---->>>

I will never be below the title. ---->>>

I was never very interested in boys - and there were plenty of them - vying with one another to see how many famous women they would get into the hay.

I was never very interested in boys - and there were plenty of them - vying with one another to see how many famous women they would get into the hay.

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. ---->>>

Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the movies.

The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the movies.

That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers. ---->>>

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

I've lost my faith in science. ---->>>

I work to stay alive. ---->>>

Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-05, 1908
Birthplace: in Lowell, Massachusetts, The United States
Die: 10-06, 1989
Occupation: Actress

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television, and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas (wikipedia)