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  When a man gives his opinion, he is a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she is a bitch.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  It is better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you're not. It is 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
  

  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
  

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

  I am the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  Getting old ain't for sissies.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

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

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

  If everybody likes you, you're pretty dull.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

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

  I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesnt dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  I will not retire while I have still got my legs and my make-up box.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

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

  This became a credo of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it is 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
  

  Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.  
 -  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 is because I am 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 doesnt do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  Everybody has a heart. Except some people.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  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 dont ask for things I dont 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 is the most attractive man who ever walked the earth, I think.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

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

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

  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.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity. It is man's last desperate stand at superintendency.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  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
  

  Success only breeds a new goal.  
 -  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
  

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

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

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

  I have 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 am afraid it did.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable.... I suppose I am larger than life.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.  
 -  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
  

  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 wouldn't piss on her if she was on fire.  
 -  Bette Davis, on Joan Crawford
  

  Old age ain't no place for sissies.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  Getting old ain't for sissies.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

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

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

  When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  This became a credo of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.  
 -  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
  

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

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

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

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

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

  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
  

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

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

  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
  

  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
  

  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.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

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

  I wouldn't piss on her if she was on fire.  
 -  Bette Davis, on Joan Crawford
  

  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.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  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.  
 -  Bette Davis