It's life isn't it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels.
I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition.
The calla lilies are in bloom again.
The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower--suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day, and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.
Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.
If you're given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal.
I can't say I believe in prizes. I was a whiz in the three-legged race -- that's something you CAN win.
I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
It's a business you go into because you're an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession.
Vitality! That's the pursuit of life, isn't it?
Acting is the perfect idiot's profession.
I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.
I would have been a terrible mother because I'm basically a very selfish human being. Not that that has stopped most people going off and having children.
Dressing up is a bore. At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex, and at a certain age, I did that. But I'm past that age.
A sharp knife cuts the quickest and hurts the least.
It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.
Children need boundaries, so they can know how far they have to go to get beyond them.
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
It's not what you start in life, it's what you finish.
I always wanted to be a movie actress. I thought it was very romantic. And it was.
I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.
I don't regret anything I've ever done; as long as I enjoyed it at the time.
Two of an actress's greatest assets are love and pain. A great actress, even a good actress, must have plenty of both in her life.
Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.
Only the really plain people know about love -- the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they soon exhaust their talents.
Acting is a nice childish profession -- pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.
Enemies are so stimulating.
My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand -- like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's chocolate.
It is the ordinary woman who knows something about love; the gorgeous ones are too busy being gorgeous.
You sell yourself. The part that I sell is the creature. The adorable part.
All my life, I've stayed at parties too long because I didn't know when to go.
I don't fear death, it must be like a long sleep.
If you follow all of the rules, you'll miss all of the fun.
I don't give a damn about marriage. But I do care about honor.
It is the plain women who know about love; the beautiful women are too busy being fascinating.
Heaven to be the first one up and to eat breakfast all alone.
Isn't it fun getting older?" is really a terrible fallacy. That's like saying I prefer driving an old car with a flat tire.
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
Show me an actress who isn't a personality and I'll show you a woman who isn't a star.
The woman's position in the world today is so much harder than a man's that it makes me choke every time I hear a man complain about anything.
Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around.
I remember as a child going around with "Votes For Women" balloons. I learnt early what it is to be snubbed for a good cause.
You can't change the music of your soul.
Never complain. Never explain.
As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move.
If you lead a public life, people are much more on to you than you think.
I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting about being old -- or being young, for that matter.
I find a woman's point of view much grander and finer than a man's.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything.
I realised long ago that skirts are hopeless. Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, 'Try one. Try a skirt.'
I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I've just done what I damn well wanted to, and I've made enough money to support myself, and ain't afraid of being alone.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Who is Katharine Hepburn? It took me a long time to create that creature.
I could peel you like a pear and god himself would see the justice in it.
What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.
I think everyone is an opportunist if they have an opportunity.
I have loved and been in love. There's a big difference.
Don't moan, don't whine, don't blame. Just get on with it.
Nobody owes anybody anything; it's up to each individual to set high standards for himself or herself, and to set about working hard and creating a solid future.
If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun.
I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good or there because they're lucky.
Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.
I'm a legend because I've survived over a long period of time and still seem to be master of my fate -- I'm still paddling the goddamned boat myself.
I think the reason that very few people really fall in love with anyone is that they're not willing to pay the price.
If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.
How wonderful are the women and men in the world who feed us. Especially those who feed us with no salary. The mothers--I thought. The wives.
To be loved is very demoralizing.
I have had twenty years of perfect companionship with a man among men. He is a rock and a protection. I have never regretted it.