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

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.

Getting old is not for sissies.

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

You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.

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

The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the movies.

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring... I ought to know.

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.

I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which means you've had it.

To look back is to relax one's vigil.

I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and oftentimes disagreeable... I suppose I'm larger than life.

I've lost my faith in science.

With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.

Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.

Old age is no place for sissies.

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.

You should know me well enough by now to know I don't ask for things I don't think I can get.

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lovely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.

That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.

When someone says, Happy birthday and many happy returns of the day, I usually say, If God takes up my option. In the motion picture business there were once options, usually yearly. If taken up, your contract was extended for another year by the studio. It is appalling to realize that God has taken up my option for seventy-eight years.

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.

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.

Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life.

Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes.

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.

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.

I'de luv to kiss ya but I just washed my hair.

Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism.

I work to stay alive.

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

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.

I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.

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.

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.

I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.

If everybody likes you, you're pretty dull.

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

It is my last wish to be burried sitting up.

Old Age Ain't For Sissies.

This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

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.

Strong women only marry weak men.

Everybody has a heart. Except some people.

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.

Success only breeds a new goal.

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.

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

Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.