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Marie Dressler

  • My instinct has always been to turn drawbacks into drawing cards.

  • I never ride horseback now because my sympathy with the under-dog is too keen. After we have a gone a few blocks, I always dismount and say to the horse: 'We'll walk it together, old dear.'

  • I never weep over lost money, for I figure I'd rather go to the poorhouse once than go there every day.

  • Now I know that lawyers must live, but I've never been able to understand why they have to live so blamed well!

  • There are very few persons who would think of inquiring into the private life of the newspaper dealer at the corner, or the druggist, or the doctor, or even a Mah Jong partner, but the moment one belongs to the theatrical profession, the public usually feels cheated unless it knows one's inmost thoughts of love.

  • ... I have had a couple of marriages, but like every other woman I had a perfect right to them.

  • I enjoy reading biographies because I want to know about the people who messed up the world.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • Passing Show
    • ()
  • Never shall I forget those naked, clean-swept little Canadian towns, one just like the other. Before I was twelve years old, I must have lived in fifty of them.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Marie Dressler with Mildred Harrington, My Own Story ()
  • ... the more you love what you do, the harder it is to do it well enough to get by yourself.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Marie Dressler with Mildred Harrington, My Own Story ()
  • To know that one has never really tried — that is the only death.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Marie Dressler with Mildred Harrington, My Own Story ()
  • If a man is worth loving at all, he is worth loving generously, even recklessly.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Marie Dressler with Mildred Harrington, My Own Story ()
  • By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Marie Dressler with Mildred Harrington, My Own Story ()
  • No vice is so bad as advice.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Martha Lupton, The Speaker's Desk Book ()
  • You're only as good as your last picture.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Hedda Hopper and James Brough, The Whole Truth and Nothing But ()
  • ... the human heart clings — even to its pain.

    • Marie Dressler,
    • 1928, in Frances Marion, Off With Their Heads ()
  • The world doesn't go around on love between men and women. Lovers get very little done. But friends do. When you are past middle life — and I hope you have the rich experience of love along the way — don't think everything is all over. Don't regret the vanished cocktail when the stuffed turkey is about to come in. Flip out your napkin and bite into it! Friends you can gather around you in the later years of life are worth the whole thing ...

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in Elizabeth Borton de Treviño, The Hearthstone of My Heart ()
  • If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?

    • Marie Dressler,
    • in John Robert Colombo, Popcorn in Paradise ()
  • There is a vast difference between success at twenty-five and success at sixty. At sixty, nobody envies you. Instead, everybody rejoices generously, sincerely, in your good fortune.

    • Marie Dressler
  • It's not how old you are but how you are old.

    • Marie Dressler

Marie Dressler, Canadian-born U.S. actor, comedian. Academy Award winner

(1868 - 1934)

Born: Leila Marie von Koerber.