Quotes by Bette Davis

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Ruth Elizabeth Davis, better known as Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 October 6, 1989), was an American actress of stage, screen and television. more

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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.

The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity. It is man's last desperate stand at superintendency.
Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone -- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.
My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
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.
I'd marry again if I found a man who had 15 million and would sign over half of it to me before the marriage and guarantee he'd be dead within a year.
I'll play with it first and tell you what it is later.
This became a credo of mine: attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night! [As Margo Channing in All About Eve]
The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.
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.
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.
A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
Don’t you hate people who drink white wine? I mean, my dear, every alcoholic in town is getting falling-down drunk on white wine. They think they aren’t drunks because they only drink wine. Never, never trust anyone who asks for white wine. It means they’re phonies.
If you don’t work, what the hell do you do? Sit around and rot! The retirement age of 65 has killed millions. Luckily, I’m in an industry with no retirement. They only retire you if you don’t make money for them.
Each in a marriage must make a contribution. Of course. What was that old song? "You're the cream in my coffee . . . You're the salt in my stew"? How great and how true. One has a right to expect such a complement. I was always eager to salt a good stew. The trouble was that I was expected to supply the meat and potatoes as well.