Helen Hayes


Helen Hayes Quotes

  • ''If you rest, you rust.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. My Life in Three Acts, ch. 19 (1990). An actor from age five until into her seventies, and thereafter a speaker and an activist on behalf of the elderly, Hayes used to tell this to the audiences at her speeches.
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  • ''People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach "retirement" age seem very admirable to me.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. My Life in Three Acts, ch. 19 (1990). Hayes was an actor from age five until into her seventies, and thereafter a speaker and an activist on behalf of the elderly. She also wrote, with assistance, four volumes of memoirs; this was her last.
  • ''I cry out for order and find it only in art.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 14 (1968).
  • ''Stardom can be a gilded slavery.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 14 (1968). Often dubbed "The First Lady of the Theater," Hayes began acting at age five and had become well known by early adulthood. Although she was primarily a stage actor, she won the 1931 Best Actress "Oscar" for her first movie, The Sin of Madelon Claudet.
  • ''Actors work and slave—and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 4 (1968). Remembering actor John Drew's search for a little girl who could play her younger self in a production of The Prodigal Husband. Hayes, at thirteen, was playing a ten-year-old, and the child's hair was required to be the same ash-blonde shade as hers.
  • ''The good die young—but not always. The wicked prevail—but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 14 (1968).
  • ''Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 1 (1968).
  • ''Egocentrics are attracted to the inept. It gives them one more excuse for patting themselves on the back.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 10 (1968).
  • ''The worst constructed play is a Bach fugue when compared to life.''
    Helen Hayes (1900-1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 14 (1968).

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