A list of Lucille Ball quotes. Here are the best quotes by Lucille Ball on various subjects, including stardom, womanhood, and happiness. These actress and comedienne Lucille Ball quotations cover the several decades of her career, and include famous quotes from her years on "I Love Lucy." These memorable quotations have become part of the collective conscience of Lucille Ball's contemporaries and will be remembered for generations.
Lucille Ball was an American TV and film actress and comedian who starred in "I Love Lucy," "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," and many other television and radio shows. In 1962, she launched Desilu, becoming the first woman to run a major television studio, and she has also appeared on more covers of TV Guide than any other person in history. In 2001, when she would have been 90 years old, Ball was commemorated on a US postage stamp as part of its Legends of Hollywood series.
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I don't suppose that hard work, discipline, and a perfectionist attitude toward my work did me any harm. They are a big part of my makeup today, as any of my co-workers will tell you. And when life seemed unbearable, I learned to live in my imagination, and to step inside other people's skins- indispensable abilities for an actress.
In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.
When you're too mad and too rattled to see straight, you're bound to make mistakes. You can't go on and on for years being miserable about a situation and not have it change you. You get so you can't stand yourself.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.
I'm not funny. What I am is brave.
Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.
How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them.
The more things you do, the more you can do.
Here's what I advise any young struggling actress today: The important thing is to develop as a woman first, and a performer second. You wouldn't prostitute yourself to get a part, not if you're in the right mind. You won't be happy, whatever you do, unless you're comfortable with your own conscience.
For there's a lot of masochism in the acting profession. We're willing to take a lot of punishment, but the minute we hit a little bit of success we are liable to run from it. We're frightened of it and develop all kinds of phobias as a consequence. Outsiders who don't understand think we have a chip on our shoulder, but it's not that at all. We're so used to failure, to being hurt and rebuffed, that we can easily come unhinged by success.
Russell Markert, Lela Rogers, Ed Sedgwick- these were but a few of the experienced theater people who generously gave me a boost. I have a theory about the assists we get in life. Only rarely can we repay those people who helped us, but we can pass that help along to others. That's why, in 1958, I reactivated Lela's theater workshop with two dozen talented kids trying to get started in show business.
Children internalize their parents' unhappiness. Fortunately, they absorb our contentment just as readily.
My ideal of womanhood has always been the pioneer woman who fought and worked at her husband's side. She bore the children, kept the home fires burning; she was the hub of the family, the planner and the dreamer.
I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.
Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.
People with happy childhoods never overdo; they don't strive or exert themselves. They're moderate, pleasant, well liked, and good citizens. Society needs them. But the tremendous drive and dedication necessary to succeed in any field- not only show business- often seems to be rooted in a disturbed childhood. I wasn't an unloved or an unwanted child, but I was moved around a lot, and then death and cruel circumstances brought many painful separations.
I closed my eyes, put blinders on, and ignored what was too painful to think about. I tried to view my troubles less seriously, and worry less. I tried to curb my temper. Things said in embarrassment and anger are seldom the truth, but are said to hurt and wound the other person. Once said, they can never be taken back.
This was the heyday of the movies; it was hard to keep a level head and one's sense of values. MGM made over-worked, spoiled idols out of Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Elizabeth Taylor; it wasn't the kids' fault, nor the studio's, it was the System. I too was on the spoiling list for a while, but I didn't go along with it.