65 Bette Davis Quotes On Success In Life

Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis was an American actress with a career spanning more than 50 years and 100 acting credits. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greater successes were in romantic dramas. A recipient of two Academy Awards, she was the first thespian to accrue ten nominations. These Bette Davis quotes will motivate you.

Best Bette Davis Quotes

  1. “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.” ~ Bette Davis
  2. “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.” ~ Bette Davis
  3. “If everyone likes you, you’re not doing it right.” ~ Bette Davis
  4. “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” ~ Bette Davis
  5. “Getting old is not for sissies.” ~ Bette Davis
  6. “You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.” ~ Bette Davis
  7. “If everybody likes you, you’re pretty dull.” ~ Bette Davis

  8. “Some young Hollywood starlets remind me of my grandmother’s old farmhouse — all painted up nice on the front side, a big swing on the backside, and nothing whatsoever in the attic.” ~ Bette Davis
  9. “If you want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do it.” ~ Bette Davis
  10. “Life is the past, the present, and the perhaps.” ~ Bette Davis
  11. “There may be a heaven, but if Joan Crawford is there, I’m not going.” ~ Bette Davis
  12. “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
  13. “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
  14. “It’s true we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone, but we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives. Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” ~ Bette Davis
  15. “I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.” ~ Bette Davis

  16. “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” ~ Bette Davis
  17. “Your luck is how you treat people.” ~ Bette Davis
  18. “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night! – As Margo Channing in All About Eve” ~ Bette Davis
  19. “If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” ~ Bette Davis
  20. “If everybody likes you, you are not a very interesting person.” ~ Bette Davis
  21. “You know what nostalgia is, don’t you? It’s basically a matter of recalling the fun without reliving the pain.” ~ Bette Davis
  22. “A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.” ~ Bette Davis
  23. “Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” ~ Bette Davis
  24. “Success is built on disappointment, and disappointment is inherent in all success.” ~ Bette Davis

  25. “One begins to realize that one is getting old when the birthday candles weigh more than the cake.” ~ Bette Davis
  26. “Being called very, very difficult is the beginning of success. Until you’re called very, very difficult you’re really nobody at all.” ~ Bette Davis Quotes
  27. “Once the love bug wears off, as it inevitably does, you are shocked to discover that you really didn’t know the object of your affections at all. We know this to be so, even as we repeat the same mistake over and over and over.” ~ Bette Davis
  28. “I have eyes like a bullfrog, a neck like an ostrich, and long, limp hair. You just have to be good to survive with that equipment.” ~ Bette Davis
  29. “I’m the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.” ~ Bette Davis
  30. “There is a certain ecstasy in wanting things you can’t get.” ~ Bette Davis

  31. “You know what I’m going to have on my gravestone? ‘She did it the hard way.'” ~ Bette Davis
  32. “I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.” ~ Bette Davis
  33. “I wouldn’t piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire.” ~ Bette Davis
  34. “You should know me well enough by now to know I don’t ask for things I don’t think I can get.” ~ Bette Davis
  35. “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.” ~ Bette Davis
  36. “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
  37. “One can make more enemies as a female with a brain, I think.” ~ Bette Davis

  38. “It’s a rare man who can stand being around an intelligent woman, let alone married to her.” ~ Bette Davis
  39. “I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable… I suppose I’m larger than life.” ~ Bette Davis
  40. “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
  41. “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
  42. “[On gay men:] Let me say, a more artistic, appreciative group of people for the arts does not exist … They are more knowledgeable, more loving of the arts. They make the average male look stupid.” ~ Bette Davis
  43. “You’ve got to know someone pretty well to hate them.” ~ Bette Davis
  44. “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
  45. Success only breeds a new goal” ~ Bette Davis

  46. “There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.” ~ Bette Davis
  47. “There’s only one way to work — like hell.” ~ Bette Davis
  48. “You can lose everything
    but you can’t lose your talent!” ~ Bette Davis
  49. “The secret of marriage is separate bedrooms and separate bathrooms.” ~ Bette Davis
  50. “Good actors I’ve worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life.” ~ Bette Davis
  51. “Oh, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We’ve already got the stars.” ~ Bette Davis
  52. “I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.” ~ Bette Davis
  53. “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
  54. “Old age is no place for sissies.” ~ Bette Davis

  55. “She’s the original good time who was had by all.” ~ Bette Davis
  56. “People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: They pretend they are someone else.” ~ Bette Davis Quotes
  57. “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.” ~ Bette Davis
  58. “People stood on their chairs, cheering and waving. And it was all for me! Waves of love flooded the stage and washed over me. I started to cry. The sweetness of such a moment is impossible to describe. One is both lover and beloved. … I’d found the one true, enduring romance of my life.” ~ Bette Davis
  59. “Without discipline and detachment, an actor is an emotional slob, spilling his insides out. This abandonment is having an unfortunate vogue. It is tasteless, formless, absurd. Without containment, there is no art. All this vomiting and wheezing and bursting at the seams is no more great acting than the convulsions of raving maniacs.” ~ Bette Davis
  60. “Home is where you go to when you’ve nowhere to go.” ~ Bette Davis

  61. “Never, never trust anyone who asks for white wine. It means they’re phonies.” ~ Bette Davis
  62. “Temperament is something that is an integral part of the artist. Not temper, temperament. There is a vast difference.” ~ Bette Davis
  63. “Strong women only marry weak men.” ~ Bette Davis
  64. “I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.” ~ Bette Davis
  65. 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.” ~ Bette Davis

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