Helen Hayes Quotes

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If you rest, you rust.

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Childhood is a short season.

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Stardom can be a gilded slavery.

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The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
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Actor: A musician who plays on a homemade instrument—himself.
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[Love] is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
— Helen Hayes
In the last states of a final illness, we need only the absence of pain and the presence of family.

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I think it's very important to be alone. Loneliness is just an idea that, I'm afraid, has something to do with self-pity.

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From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.

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There is only one terminal dignity—love.  And 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.

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The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And 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
Marriage is like a war.  There are moments of chivalry and gallantry that attend the victorious advances and strategic retreats, the birth or death of children, the momentary conquest of loneliness, the sacrifice that ennobles him who makes it.  But mostly there are the long dull sieges, the waiting, the terror and boredom.  Women understand this better than men; they are better able to survive attrition.

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