Monday, June 23, 2014

Words from Wise Women: Katharine Hepburn

Another book I read last summer was Katharine Hepburn's autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life. (Highly recommend it!) It was on sale at my go-to English bookstore in Munich, and it jumped out at me immediately (sale price aside!). Katharine Hepburn is just one of those women you grow up admiring. She's a heroine in her own right, and her story only proves as such. She's an American classic, a beautiful woman, inside and out, one you'd wish was more of an inspiration to girls in today's world.

And, quite honestly, in my book, she's the one true Kate the Great.

“I was brought up by two extremely intelligent people who gave me the greatest gift that man can give anyone, and that is freedom from fear.”

“Children need boundaries, so they can know how far they have to go to get beyond them.”

“The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated.”

“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man…I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.” Barbara Walters: “Is that why also you wear pants?” Hepburn: “No, I just wore pants because they’re comfortable.” Walters: “Do you ever wear a skirt, by the way?” Hepburn: “I have one.” Walters: “You have one.” Hepburn: “I’ll wear it to your funeral.”

“Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.”

“It’s life isn’t it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels.”

“You can’t change the music of your soul.”

“I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret...if you have any sense....And if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.”

“Everyone thought I was bold and fearless and even arrogant, but inside I was always quaking.”

“The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower—suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day, and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.”

“Now how can anybody look at that and not believe in God? I mean, how can anybody look at this and not believe there is some higher power, some divine force at work in the universe greater than Man, some god that created it, that created all this, that created us?”

“Life is to be lived.if you have to support yourself,you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.And you don't do that by sitting around.”

“I have loved and been in love. There's a big difference.”

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only what you are expecting to give — which is everything. What you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and cannot help giving.” 

(above graphic by me.)
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1 comment:

  1. Bonjour
    Merci beaucoup pour votre publication.
    Ils sont toujours très intéressant et important.
    I love your blog, donc je dois vous féliciter.
    Bonne chance


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