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Katharine Hepburn's Quotes

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Born: 1907-05-12
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.

Tags: Desperate, Marriage, Series

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.

Tags: Age, Sex, Yourself

Acting is the perfect idiot's profession.

Tags: Acting, Idiot, Perfect

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.

Tags: Ambition, American, Married

It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.

Tags: Innovation, Mind, Next

Trying to be fascinating is an asinine position to be in.

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Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.

Tags: Acting, After, She

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.

Tags: Life, Someone, Time

To be loved is very demoralizing.

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When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous.

Tags: Famous, Learn, Wanted

It's a business you go into because your an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession.

Tags: Business, Egocentric, Profession

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.

Tags: Art, Good, Whether

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.

Tags: Change, Motivational, School

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.

Tags: Marriage, Men, Women

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.

Tags: Fun, Miss, Rules

Life is hard. After all, it kills you.

Tags: Funny, Hard, Life

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.

Tags: Marriage, Men, Sacrifice

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.

Tags: Regret, Sense, Stupid

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything.

Tags: Expecting, Give, Love

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.

Tags: Life, Support, Yourself

Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.

Tags: Nice, Time, Yourself

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.

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Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do.

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I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.

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Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.

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Never complain. Never explain.

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It's a rather rude gesture, but at least it's clear what you mean.

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Without discipline, there's no life at all.

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Enemies are so stimulating.

Tags: Death, Great, Relief

To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.

Tags: Cannot, Character, Time

Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn't interest you, don't do it - I would have made a terrible mother.

Tags: Interest, Job, Mother

I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.

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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.

Tags: Hard, Love, Try

As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.

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If you want to give up the admiration of thousands of men for the distain of one, go ahead, get married.

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My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand - like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's chocolate.

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A man's character is his guardian divinity.

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Bigotry is the sacred disease.

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To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.

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Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.

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The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.

Tags: Best, Goal, Themselves

The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.

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God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.

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No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.

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Nothing endures but change.

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Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.

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I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.

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Nature is wont to hide herself.

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Big results require big ambitions.

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The sun is new each day.

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There is nothing permanent except change.

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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

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Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.

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Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.

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If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

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A man's character is his fate.

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Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.

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Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.

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To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.

Tags: Again, Control, Rather

Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe.

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Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.

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The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it - and sometimes three.

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Change alone is unchanging.

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It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.

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Much learning does not teach understanding.

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Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.

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Character is destiny.

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Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.

Tags: Learn, Men, Wish

You cannot step into the same river twice.

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You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

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Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.

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A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's: She changes it more often.

Tags: Funny, Mind, Woman

A man is known by the silence he keeps.

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A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish.

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Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.

Tags: Human, Lion, Pet

Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.

Tags: Art, Modesty, Pretending

The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven't seen the joke yet.

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A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even... without any hope of doing it well.

Tags: Hope, Love, Money

Many are called but few get up.

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Darling: the popular form of address used in speaking to a member of the opposite sex whose name you cannot at the moment remember.

Tags: Cannot, Remember, Sex

What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg at an electric fan.

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Age, like distance lends a double charm.

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Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.

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Only the young die good.

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Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.

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When I go abroad I always sail from Boston because it is such a pleasant place to get away from.

Tags: Away, Place, Pleasant

There is always room at the top - after the investigation.

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