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Hildegard Knef

  • ... success and failure are both greatly overrated but failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.

  • My stage fright gets worse at every performance. During the overture I hope for a theater fire, typhoon, revolution in the Pentagon.

  • ... lapses of memory are only attractive when you've encouraged them, not when they take you unawares.

  • And if you have to make mistakes, make them good and big, don't be middling in anything if you can help it.

  • Am I incapable of living with the one sole guarantee, that I'm still here? Am I afraid of living because I fear death?

  • The so-called film star's lot is an infantile and precarious one ...

  • Prosperity's disciples build careful bastions against age and change ...

  • The rehearsals began just as all rehearsals begin. Not at all. The participants stood around sniffing each other.

  • If one sits down and concentrates on imagining the worst possible surroundings for rehearsing a musical show, it's never as bad as the rehearsal rooms one actually lands in.

  • I believe that the only possible reason for our being here is to serve in some form or another but that the form is not always readily found or recognized. And I've noticed that those who refuse to serve often wind up as slaves.

  • Try not to have idols: they are interchangeable and lead to a wantonness that is easily mistaken for love.

Hildegard Knef, German actor

(1925 - 2002)

Full name: Hildegard Frieda Albertina Knef.