17 Glamorous And Underrated Quotes From Old Hollywood Actresses

We have all read the same overused quotes from Marilyn Monroe about a hundred times too many. Some of them aren’t even accurately quoted or credited, so what is with all the hype? She was just one of dozens of beautiful and talented leading ladies of the old-Hollywood era. Here are some inspiring lines you may not have heard (one of which are from Miss Monroe.)

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” — Julie Andrews

“A dame that knows the ropes, isn’t likely to get tied up.” — Mae West

“The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.” — Ginger Rogers

“When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” — Mae West

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

“I’m letting no man handle my bank account.”  — Hattie McDaniel

“I don’t bite, you know, unless it’s called for.” — Audrey Hepburn

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katherine Hepburn

“When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.” — Jean Harlow

“If you are blessed, you are blessed, whether you are married or single.” — Greta Garbo

“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.” — Ingrid Bergman

“Follow your passions, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.” — Elizabeth Taylor

“You have to be self reliant and strong in this town, otherwise you will be destroyed.” — Joan Crawford

“I’d rather regret the things I have done than regret the things I haven’t done.” — Lucille Ball

“I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action.” — Mae West

“I am the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.” — Bette Davis

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” — Sophia Loren

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