Jean Arthur quotes

  • I am not an adult, that's my explanation of myself. Except when I am working on a set, I have all the inhibitions and shyness of the bashful, backward child, unless I have something very much in common with a person, I am lost. I am swallowed up in my own silence.
    -- Jean Arthur

    #Children #Silence #Adults

  • I guess I became an actress because I didn't want to be myself.
    -- Jean Arthur

    #Want #Actresses

  • I loved sinking my head into Cary Grant's chest.
    -- Jean Arthur

    #Sinking #Grants

  • If people don't like your work, all the still pictures in the world can't help you and nothing written about you, even oceans of it, will make you popular.
    -- Jean Arthur

    #Ocean #People #World

  • It's a strenuous job every day of your life to live up to the way you look on the screen.
    -- Jean Arthur

    #Jobs #Looks #Way

  • I hated the place (Hollywood), not the work, but the lack of privacy, those terrible prying fan magazine writers and all the surrounding exploitation.
    -- Jean Arthur

    #Hollywood #Fans #Magazines

  • Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.

  • When we look at a child, we see that sense of fullness, of intrinsic aliveness, of joy in being, is not the result of something else. There is value in just being oneself, it is not because of something one does or doesn't do. It is there in the beginning, when we are children, but slowly it gets lost.

  • Inculcating the various competing - competing, note - falsehoods of the major faiths into small children is a form of child abuse, and a scandal.

  • When something important is going on, silence is a lie.

  • As the music played over the speakers and the waterfall in the pool filled the silence around us, I knew that without a doubt I had just been ruined.

  • All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.

  • Even if there was such a thing as a half-price sale at the local Ming outlet shop, she would have to work ten lifetimes to make up such a sum. Always supposing that it wasn't one of a kind. Panic was no longer merely rearing. It was thundering through her at full throttle. There was only one thing to be done, she realized. The mature, responsible, adult thing to do. Hide the evidence.

  • Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental.

  • I don't need to prove I'm an adult by being ultra-sexy that's immature

  • According to the most trustworthy statistics the number of adult Dullards in the United States is but little short of thirty millions, including the statisticians.