Life is a little like a message in a bottle, to be carried by the winds and the tides.
A romantic, I think, picks the rose and is careless with the thorn.
Wealth, beauty, and fame are transient. When those are gone, little is left except the need to be useful.
that strange conflict in the American character: we pride ourselves on being the melting pot of the world but we insist on regarding most immigrants with suspicion.
It is difficult to write about any form of mental disease, especially your own, without sounding as if you were examining a bug under glass.
A flame burns brightest just before it goes out.
Those who become mentally ill often have a history of chronic pain.
When you have spent an important part of your life playing Let's Pretend, it's often easy to see symbolism where none exists.
Cars, furs, and gems were not my weaknesses.
Joe Schenck, a top 20th Century-Fox executive, once said to me that he really believed I had a future, and that was because I was the only girl who could survive so many bad pictures.
The things we ignore often come back to us in our sleep.
I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction.
I learned quickly at Columbia that the only eye that mattered was the one on the camera.
When my mood was high, I seemed normal, even buoyant. I felt smarter. I had secrets. I could see God in a light bulb
Everyone should see Hollywood once, I think, through the eyes of a teenage girl who has just passed a screen test.
Day after day, I spent long afternoons in the talent pool, being told how to walk, how to talk, how to sit.
Houses are one of my passions. I probably should have been an interior decorator.
I had been offered a Hollywood contract before my 18th birthday. It gave me the spark I needed.
I am not the kind of woman who excuses her mistakes while reminding us of what used to be.
Nothing strengthens a woman's determination to be in love quite so much as being told that she cannot.
We cannot calculate the numbers of people who left, fled or were fished out of Europe just ahead of the Holocaust.
The word actress has always seemed less a job description to me than a title
Fonda and Gary Cooper had the best sense of timing of all the actors I knew.
I approached everything, my job, my family, my romances, with intensity.
Movie failures are like the common cold. You can stay in bed and take aspirin for six days and recover. Or you can walk around and ignore it for six days and recover.
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