Katharine Hepburn Quotes

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and she received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. In 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

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Katharine Hepburn


Life is hard. After all, it kills you.

Katharine Hepburn


Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do.

Katharine Hepburn


Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.

Katharine Hepburn


“Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.”

Katharine Hepburn


I would have been a terrible mother because I'm basically a very selfish human being. Not that that has stopped most people going off and having children.

Katharine Hepburn


There are no laurels in life, just new challenges.

Katharine Hepburn


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.

Katharine Hepburn


I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.

Katharine Hepburn


Enemies are so stimulating.

Katharine Hepburn


Who is Katharine Hepburn? It took me a long time to create that creature.

Katharine Hepburn


Cold sober, I find myself absolutely fascinating.

Katharine Hepburn


People who want to be famous are really loners. Or they should be.

Katharine Hepburn


The calla lilies are in bloom again.

Katharine Hepburn


If you follow all of the rules, you'll miss all of the fun.

Katharine Hepburn


Only the really plain people know about love - the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they soon exhaust their talents.

Katharine Hepburn