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Mrs. Patrick Campbell

  • [On vegetarian George Bernard Shaw:] If you give him meat no woman in London will be safe.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in Frank Harris, Contemporary Portraits ()
  • I believe I was impatient with unintelligent people from the moment I was born: a tragedy — for I am myself three-parts a fool ...

  • People we love must be loved as they are. It is a want both of wisdom and courage on our part — a sort of drug — this wilful blindness, to blame them, because they fail our vision of them ...

  • Youth is harmed by having wisdom thrust upon it. Youth must gather wisdom slowly, in laughter and tears.

  • Our best loved friend is always in some way our peer.

  • I have laid my cheek upon the earth and felt it my mother's bosom.

  • [When asked why women had no sense of humor:] Do you know why God withheld the sense of humour from women? That we may love you, instead of laughing at you.

  • [On George Bernard Shaw:] To be made to hold his tongue is the greatest insult you can offer him — though he might be ready with a poker to make you hold yours.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • My Life and Some Letters ()
  • The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise longue.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in Alexander Woollcott, While Rome Burns ()
  • [To an elderly scientist who had bored her by talking interminably about the social organization of ants, which have 'their own police force and their own army':] No navy, I suppose.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in James Agate, A Shorter Ego, vol. 3 ()
  • [Moses] probably said to himself, 'Must stop or I shall be getting silly.' That is why there are only ten commandments.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in James Agate, A Shorter Ego, vol. 3 ()
  • ... 'laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.'

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • letter to George Bernard Shaw (1912), in Alan Dent, ed., Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell ()
  • ... when you were quite a little boy somebody ought to have said 'hush' just once!

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • letter to George Bernard Shaw (1912), in Alan Dent, ed., Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell ()
  • It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in Daphne Fielding, The Duchess of Jermyn Street ()
  • Tallulah [Bankhead] is always skating on thin ice. Everyone wants to be there when it breaks.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in The Times ()
  • I once undertook on behalf of a friend to smuggle a small dog through the customs. I was of ample proportions, and managed to conceal the little dog upon my person. All went well until my bosom barked.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in Leonard Louis Levinson, ed., Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations ()
  • Lillian Gish may be a charming person, but she is not Ophelia. She comes on stage as if she had been sent for to sew rings on the new curtains.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell,
    • in Margot Peters, Mrs. Pat ()
  • The world is disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell
  • They will call me Mrs. Pat. I can't stand it. The 'Pat' is the last straw that breaks the Campbell's back.

    • Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Mrs. Patrick Campbell, English actor

(1865 - 1940)

Real name: Beatrice Stella Tanner Cornwallis-West.