Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!
Be yourself. The world worships the original.
You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
I regret the things I didn’t do, not what I did.
Give me an hour and I’ll make a lifetime out of it.
A kiss is a lovely trick to stop speech.
A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear; kisses are the messengers of love and tenderness.
I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.
I said, “I don’t think I can give you that kind of emotion.” And he [Hitchcock] sat there and said, “Ingrid, fake it!” Well, that was the best advice I’ve had in my whole life, because in all the years to come there were many directors who gave me what I thought were quite impossible instructions and many difficult things to do, and just when I was on the verge of starting to argue with them, I heard his voice coming to me through the air saying, “Ingrid, fake it!” It saved a lot of unpleasant situations and waste of time.
I don’t worry about it because we are all growing old. If I were the only one I would worry. But we’re all in the same boat, and all of my friends are coming with me. We all go toward old age. How many years left we don’t know. We just have to accept it.
I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.
The best way to keep young is to keep going in whatever it is that keeps you going. With me that’s work, and a lot of it. And when a job is finished, relax and have fun.
I’m only interested in two kinds of people, those who can entertain me and those who can advance my career.
One is never too old for romance.
A kiss is the natures way to stop a conversation, when the words are superfluous
my life has been wonderful. I have done what I felt like. I was given courage and I was given adventure and that has carried me along. And then also a sense of humor and a little bit of common sense. It has been a very rich life.
I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; it’s the talent and the passion that count in success.
I always felt guilty. My whole life.
I can do everything with ease on the stage, whereas in real life I feel too big and clumsy. So I didn’t choose acting. It chose me.
On acting to daughter Isabella Rossellini: Keep it simple. Make a blank face and the music and the story will fill it in.
I hate Sunday, I can’t wait for Monday so I can go back to work again.
In Hollywood, you’re never any better than your last picture.
I made so many films which were more important, but the only one people ever want to talk about is that one with [Humphrey Bogart].
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.