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Katharine Hepburn

  • ... I won't go to a restaurant to eat with friends, always join them afterwards for coffee. In company I always get over enthusiastic, and this leads to indigestion.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Nancy Spain, Why I'm Not a Millionaire ()
  • A sharp knife cuts the quickest and hurts the least.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Look ()
  • You can't change the music of your soul.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Esquire ()
  • Enemies are so stimulating.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Imprint ()
  • To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in The Los Angeles Times ()
  • Two of an actress's greatest assets are love and pain. A great actress, even a good actress, must have plenty of both in her life.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Gary Carey, Katharine Hepburn ()
  • If you survive, you become a legend. I'm a legend because I've survived over a long time. I'm revered rather like an old building.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Gary Carey, Katharine Hepburn ()
  • You never feel that you have fame. It's always in back of you.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • "Dick Cavett Show," ABC-TV ()
  • Without discipline, there's no life at all.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • "Dick Cavett Show," ABC-TV ()
  • The terrible thing about acting in the theater is that you have to do it at night.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn't interest you, don't do it. It didn't interest me, so I didn't do it. Anyway, I would have made a terrible parent. The first time my child didn't do what I wanted, I'd kill him.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Liz Smith, The Mother Book ()
  • I don't care what is written about me — so long as it isn't true.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • 1954, in John Robert Colombo, Popcorn in Paradise ()
  • If you give audiences a chance, they'll do half your acting for you.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in John Robert Colombo, Popcorn in Paradise ()
  • Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next-door and just visit now and then.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Esquire ()
  • Life is very hard, isn't it? It does kill you, after all.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Robin Morgan, "Katherine Hepburn: Getting On With It," Ms. ()
  • I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Cosmopolitan ()
  • I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting about being old — or being young, for that matter.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in New Woman ()
  • ... I've always thought men and women are not too well suited to each other. It's inevitable that they should come together, but, again, how well suited are they to live together in the same house?

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Anne Edwards, A Remarkable Woman ()
  • Being an actor is such a humiliating experience because you are selling yourself to the public, your face, your personality, and that is humiliating. As you get older, it becomes more humiliating because you've got less to sell.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Anne Edwards, A Remarkable Woman ()
  • People who want to be famous are really loners. Or they should be.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It is a twenty-four-hour-a-day job. You won't do anything else if you decide that you are going to resurrect and rearrange a human being.

  • I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.

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

  • As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move.

  • They keep the television in the living room, and it's just a garbage box. If you keep the garbage box in the living room, it will smell and you will begin to smell like it.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • news item ()
  • [On Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire:] She gives him class and she gives him sex.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Ronald Warren Deutsch, ed., Inspirational Hollywood ()
  • If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

    • Katharine Hepburn,
    • in Ronald Warren Deutsch, ed., Inspirational Hollywood ()
  • What in the world would we do without our libraries?

    • Katharine Hepburn
  • Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.

    • Katharine Hepburn
  • 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 wondering about yourself.

    • Katharine Hepburn
  • I'm fine, if you don't ask for details.

    • Katharine Hepburn
  • Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by the scruff of the neck.

    • Katharine Hepburn
  • Really, I'm a square. But it's the squares who carry the burden of the world, and the bores who become heroes.

    • Katharine Hepburn
  • The woman's position in the world today is so much harder than a man's that it makes me choke every time I hear a man complain about anything.

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

    • Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn, U.S. actor

(1907 - 2003)

Full name: Katharine Houghton Hepburn.