Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should just live next door and visit now and then.
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.
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.
Kindness is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon another. If someone is in need, lend them a helping hand. Do not wait for a thank you. True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated.
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 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 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.
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.
Being an actor is such a humiliating experience because you are selling yourself to the public, your face, your personality, and that is humiliating. As you get older, it becomes more humiliating because you've got less to sell.
Few people know what they mean when they say, I love you. ... Well, what does the word love mean? It means total interest. I think the reason very few people really fall in love with anyone is they're not willing to pay the price. The price is you have to adjust yourself to them.
If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.
I can't say I believe in prizes. I was a whiz in the three-legged race -- that's something you CAN win.
Now how can anybody look at that and not believe in God? I mean, how can anybody look at this and not believe there is some higher power, some divine force at work in the universe greater than Man, some god that created it, that created all this, that created us?
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.
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.
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 have had twenty years of perfect companionship with a man among men. He is a rock and a protection. I have never regretted it.
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.
Acting is a nice childish profession -- pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.
It is the ordinary woman who knows something about love; the gorgeous ones are too busy being gorgeous.
The country is like a great sponge--it finally absorbs you. Eventually you will get malaria or you will get dysentery and whatever you do, if you don't keep doing it, the jungle will grow over you. Black or white, you've got to fight it every minute of the day.
My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand -- like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's chocolate.
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.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything.
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.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
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.
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
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.
It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
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.