Helen Hayes Quotes

Helen Hayes MacArthur (née Brown) (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned almost 80 years. She eventually garnered the nickname "First Lady of American Theatre" and was one of 12 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award (an EGOT). Hayes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, from President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

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Helen Hayes


Age is not important unless you're a cheese.

Helen Hayes


We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.

Helen Hayes


Everybody starts at the top, and then has the problem of staying there. Lasting accomplishment, however, is still achieved through a long, slow climb and self-discipline.

Helen Hayes


We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy or sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves. Whenever I feel my courage wavering, I rush to them. They give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resiliance to push on.

Helen Hayes


Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.

Helen Hayes


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


The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

Helen Hayes


Our house was always filled with dogs... They helped make our house a kennel, it is true, but the constant patter of their filthy paws and the dreadful results of their brainless activities have warmed me throughout the years.

Helen Hayes


All my dogs have been scamps and thieves and troublemakers and I've adored them all.

Helen Hayes


Science has taught us to lengthen life. Now we must learn to make a longer life worth living. Older people deserve choices that let us live out our days as we wish. We've seen people making such choices all over America, and we realize what we might have known from the start: For most of us, there really is no place like home.

Helen Hayes


People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me.

Helen Hayes


I cry out for order and find it only in art.

Helen Hayes


One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.

Helen Hayes


There's a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I'll not be parting with that, nor our bed - the four-poster - I'll be needing that to die in.

Helen Hayes


“When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee”

Helen Hayes