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16 Inspiring Quotes from Old Hollywood's Leading Women


16 Inspiring Quotes from Old Hollywood's Leading Women

This week we're turning to some of Old Hollywood's finest actresses for some wise words. Life certainly wasn't always rosy for these classic film stars, but these women had grace, grit, and gumption. Read on for their timeless life lessons.

"Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." - Lucille Ball

"I avoid looking back. I prefer good memories to regrets." - Grace Kelly

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” - Lena Horne

"There were times when I wasn't always up. Everything could be calm and peaceful, then the next day the bottom dropped out. What can you do? Moan and groan and feel sorry for yourself? No, you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and you get on with life." - Doris Day

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." - Mary Pickford

"Everybody starts at the top, and then has the problem of staying there. Lasting accomplishment, however, is still achieved through a long, slow climb and self-discipline." - Helen Hayes

"Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." - Julie Andrews

"I pay all my own bills... I want to choose the man. I do not permit men to choose me." - Zsa Zsa Gabor

"After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life." - Sophia Loren

"My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think, or of my opinions." - Eartha Kitt

"We are all born to die — the difference is the intensity with which we choose to live." - Gina Lollobrigida

“If I had my life to live over again, I'd live it the same way. Maybe a few changes here or there, but nothing special. The truth is, honey, I've enjoyed my life. I've had a hell of a good time.” - Ava Gardner

"Life is too short to work so hard." - Vivien Leigh

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." - Judy Garland

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." - Audry Hepburn

"Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once." - Tallulah Bankhead