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Helen Hayes Quotes

Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.
Helen Hayes

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot in front of the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.
Helen Hayes

If you rest, you rust.
Helen Hayes

The story of a love is not important – what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
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

Yes, I have doubted. I have wandered off the path. I have been lost. But I always returned. It is beyond the logic I seek. It is intuitive — an intrinsic, built-in sense of direction. I seem always to find my way home. My faith has wavered but has saved me.
Helen Hayes

An actress always knows when she’s hit it and mostly you haven’t; but once or twice I think I hit it right, so maybe that’s good enough for one life.
Helen Hayes

Childhood is a short season.
Helen Hayes

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
Helen Hayes

The faster we travel, the less there is to see.
Helen Hayes

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

The good die young, but not always. The wicked prevail, but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.
Helen Hayes

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it’s a tragedy. A lot of people don’t have the courage to do it.
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

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

Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.
Helen Hayes

Stardom can be a gilded slavery.
Helen Hayes

Actors work and slave, and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.
Helen Hayes