24 Classically Inspiring Lauren Bacall Quotes

The legendary actress died Tuesday morning of a stroke in her New York home at the age of 89.


“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”

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“A woman isn’t complete without a man. But where do you find a man—a real man—these days?”

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“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”

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“You can’t start worrying about what’s going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what’s happening now.”

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“I am essentially a loner.”


“I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages and it suffered. I don’t regret it. You make choices. If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that. If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can’t have it all.”

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“When everything happens to you when you’re so young, you’re very lucky, but by the same token, you’re never going to have that same feeling again. The first time anything happens to you—your first love, your first success—the second one is never the same.”


“Patience was not my strong point.”

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“Looking at yourself in a mirror isn’t exactly a study of life.”

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“You can’t always be a leading lady.”

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“Find me a man who’s interesting enough to have dinner with and I’ll be happy.”

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“Stardom isn’t a profession, it’s an accident.”


“You realize yourself when you start reflecting—because I don’t live in the past, although your past is so much a part of what you are—that you can’t ignore it. But I don’t look at scrapbooks.”

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“There are guys who want to screw around all the time, which interests me not at all. God knows we’ve done that, been there, and we don’t want to do that any more.”

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“I’m a total Democrat. I’m anti-Republican. And it’s only fair that you know it… I’m liberal. The L word!”

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“We live in an age of mediocrity.”

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“What is the point of working all your life and then stopping?”

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“I don’t sit around thinking that I’d like to have another husband; only another man would make me think that way.”

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“I would hate now to be married. It does occur to me on occasion that, if I fall and hit my head, there will be no one to make the phone call. But who wants to think about that disaster? I’d prefer not to.”

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“Men need to feel important. They feel better when they’re with younger girls or unknown girls.”

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“I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent, and I have my friends, I call it ‘content.’”

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“A man’s illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.”

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“Legends are all to do with the past and nothing to do with the present.”

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“I am not a has-been. I am a will be.”

Rest in peace, Ms. Bacall…You are an inspiration to all and will be missed.

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