Lauren Bacall Quotes

I never believed marriage was a lasting institution . . . I thought that to be married for five years was to be married forever.

I was this flat-chested, big-footed, lanky thing.

I don`t think being the only child of a single parent helped. I was always a little unsteady in my self-belief. Then there was the Jewish thing. I love being Jewish, I have no problem with it at all. But it did become like a scar, with all these people saying you don`t look it

I remember my oldest son, Steve, saying to me once, "I don`t ever remember seeing you with an apron on". And I thought, "That`s right, honey, you did not". That was his concept of what a mother should be.

I would hate now (2005) to be married. It does occur to me on occasion that, if I fall and hit my head, there will be no one to make the phone call. But who wants to think about that disaster? I`d prefer not to.

I am still working, I`ve never stopped and, while my health holds out, I won`t stop.

I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages and it suffered. I don`t regret it. You make choices. If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that. If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can`t have it all.

Actors today go into TV, which I don`t consider has a lot to do with acting. They only think of stardom. If you photograph well, that`s enough. I have a terrible time distinguishing one from another. Girls wear their hair the same, and are much too anorexic-looking.

We live in an age of mediocrity. Stars today are not the same stature as Bogie (Humphrey Bogart), James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart (James Stewart).

A legend involves the past. I don`t like categories. This one is great and that one is great. The word "great" stands for something. When you talk about a great actor, you`re not talking about Tom Cruise. His whole behavior is so shocking. It`s inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it`s kind of a sickness.

I`m a total Democrat. I`m anti-Republican. And it`s only fair that you know it . . . I`m liberal. The L word!

(on Humphrey Bogart) Was he tough? In a word, no. Bogey was truly a gentle soul.

(on John Huston) He was about something.

I am essentially a loner.

A legend involves the past. I don`t like categories. This one is great and that one is great. The word great stands for something. When you talk about a great actor, you`re not talking about Tom Cruise. His whole behavior is so shocking. It`s inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but, I think it`s kind of a sickness.

It`s inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially.

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

I never believed marriage was a lasting institution... I thought that to be married for five years was to be married forever.

A man`s illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.

We live in an age of mediocrity. Stars today are not the same stature as Bogie (Humphrey Bogart), James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart (James Stewart).

In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity.

I wish Frank Sinatra would just shut up and sing.

A woman isn`t complete without a man. But where do you find a man - a real man - these days?

I would hate now (2005) to be married. It does occur to me on occasion that, if I fall and hit my head, there will be no one to make the phone call. But who wants to think about that disaster, I`d prefer not to.

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.

They`re guys who want to screw around all the time, which interests me not at all. God knows we`ve done that, been there, and we don`t want to do that any more.

Stardom isn`t a profession; it`s an accident.

I don`t think being the only child of a single parent helped. I was always a little unsteady in my self-belief. Then there was the Jewish thing. I love being Jewish, I have no problem with it at all. But it did become like a scar, with all these people saying you don`t look it.

I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of The Look.

Looking at yourself in a mirror isn`t exactly a study of life.

You can`t start worrying about what`s going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what`s happening now.

When you talk about a great actor, you`re not talking about Tom Cruise.

Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.

I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it `content.`

I am not a has-been. I am a will be.

Find me a man who`s interesting enough to have dinner with and I`ll be happy.

I don`t sit around thinking that I`d like to have another husband; only another man would make me think that way.

I`m a total Democrat. I`m anti-Republican. And it`s only fair that you know it ... I`m liberal. The L word!

I`m not a sedentary person. I`ve always been active.






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