Without discipline, there’s no life at all.
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.
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.
Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude.
In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh
If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.
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 wondering about yourself.
Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do. But beautiful women don’t need to know about men. It’s the men who have to know about beautiful women.
Everyone thought I was bold and fearless, and even arrogant… but inwardly I was always quaking… I’ve never cared about how afraid I may have been inside–I’ve always done what I thought I should.
Enemies are so stimulating.
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.
Freud was an unhealthy influence on America. I think people take themselves too seriously. Self-discipline is much more important.
‘Isn’t it fun getting older’ is really a terrible fallacy. That’s like saying I prefer driving an old car with a flat tyre.
You can’t have the whole bargain. An actor should never marry, not even another actor. You’re too involved with yourself, and your work is too demanding, to give the necessary amount of attention to another human being. Inevitably, that person feels left out. And becomes unhappy. We must never make people unhappy. Life’s too short for that.
I was never a member of the feminine club. I never knew what other girls were talking about.
Pooh–they told me when I smiled I looked like a horse but I’ve made it pay for years!
On those famed legs: I wore tights onstage in ‘As You Like It’. Why don’t I show them in films? I’ll tell you why, sir. I like to keep them a secret. I adore looking at them myself.
What in the world would we do without our libraries?
I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear
I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.
“I don’t believe in marriage.It’s bloody impractical to love, honour and obey.”
“Only when a woman decides not to have children, can a woman live like a man. That’s what I’ve done.”
“It’s a bore – B-O-R-E – when you find you’ve begun to rot.”
“I think the reason that very few people really fall in love with anyone is that they’re not willing to pay the price.”
“I like to move fast, and wearing high heels was tough, and low heels with a skirt is unattractive. So pants took over.”
“I was brought up by two extremely intelligent people who gave me the greatest gift that man can give anyone, and that is freedom from fear.”
“Not everyone is lucky enough to understand how delicious it is to suffer,”
“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done,” she said, “as long as I enjoyed it at the time.”