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If you want me just whistle. You know how to whistle don't you? Just put your lips together and blow.

LAUREN BACALL, To Have and Have Not

A planned life is a dead life.

LAUREN BACALL, interview, Aug. 2005

Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.

LAUREN BACALL, Lauren Bacall By Myself

Losing Bogey was horrible, obviously. Because he was young. And because he gave me my life. I wouldn't have had a — I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't met him — I would have had a completely different kind of life. He changed me, he gave me everything. And he was an extraordinary man.

LAUREN BACALL, Larry King Live, May 6, 2005

A Man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he love you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.

LAUREN BACALL, Lauren Bacall By Myself

Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind... I'm total, total, total liberal and proud of it. And I think it's outrageous to say "The L word". I mean, excuse me. They should be damn lucky that they were liberals here. Liberals gave more to the population of the United States than any other group.

LAUREN BACALL, Larry King Live, May 6, 2005

You had to stay awake married to him [Humphrey Bogart]. Every time I thought I could relax and do everything I wanted, he'd buck. There was no way to predict his reactions, no matter how well I knew him. As he'd said before our wedding, he expected to be happily married and stay that way, but he never expected to settle down. He liked keeping people off balance. He was good for me -- I could never be quite sure what he would do.

--LAUREN BACALL, By Myself and Then Some

The madmen seem to live on forever, don’t they?

--LAUREN BACALL, interview, Dec. 19, 2007

Naïveté, thy name is me.

LAUREN BACALL, By Myself and Then Some

He [Bogie] had tremendous character and a great sense of honor and would not tolerate lies, even if they asked him what he thought of a movie. We were once at a screening at somebody's house, I forget whose, and they ran a movie that he was in, that he never thought much of. Afterward, the producer asked what he thought of it, and Bogie said "I think it's a crock." And this producer was horrified! He was about to release the movie, and he said to Bogie "Why would you say that?!" Bogie shrugged and said "Then don’t ask me." He never played the schmoozing game. He was not into that at all.

LAUREN BACALL, interview, Dec. 19, 2007

Very few people want to hear the truth. Bogie was like that, my mother was like that, and I'm like that. I believe in the truth, and I believe in saying what you think. Why not? Do you have to go around whispering all the time or playing a game with people? I just don't believe in that. So I'm not the most adored person on the face of the earth.

LAUREN BACALL, Vanity Fair, Mar. 2011

The times in which we're currently living unfortunately, our great leader [George W. Bush] is such a disaster and the entire country is in disastrous shape because of him. It's very frightening, actually, to think that this country has become what it's become and that so many people voted for a man like that. It's terrifying.

LAUREN BACALL, interview, Dec. 19, 2007

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.

LAUREN BACALL, Time Magazine, Jul. 31, 2005

Stardom isn't a profession; it's an accident.

LAUREN BACALL, quoted in The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations


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