Rosalind Russell quotes
“Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.”
“Taking joy in life is a woman's best cosmetic.”
“- Bruce Baldwin: Even ten minutes is a long time to be away from you.
- Hildy Johnson: I heard you the first time. I like it. That's why I asked you to say it again.”
“- Walter Burns: Sorta wish you hadn't done that, Hildy.
- Hildy Johnson: Done what?
- Walter Burns: Divorced me. Makes a fella lose all faith in himself. Gives him a... almost gives him a feeling he wasn't wanted.
- Hildy Johnson: That's what divorces are for!”
“I'd rather face a tiger any day than the sort of things the critics said about your last book.”
“Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way.”
“- Mollie Malloy: Aren't they inhuman?
- Hildy Johnson: I know. They're newspapermen.
- Mollie Malloy: All they've been doing is lying. All they've been doing is writing lies. Why won't they listen to me?”
“I'm getting married, Walter, and I'm also getting as far away from the newspaper business as I can get.”
“- Hildy Johnson: I suppose I proposed to you?
- Walter Burns: Well, you practically did, making goo-goo eyes at me for two years until I broke down.”
“- Exercise Instructress: Let's begin with posture. A lady always enters a room erect.
- Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia: Most of my friends exit horizontally.”
“- Hildy Johnson: You are no longer my husband and no longer my boss. And you're not going to be my boss.
- Walter Burns: All right, take it. Work for somebody else. That's the gratitude I get.”
“If I ever lay my two eyes on you again, I'm gonna walk right up to you and hammer on that monkeyed skull of yours 'til it rings like a Chinese gong!”
“If you want me, Bruce, you've gotta take me as I am instead of trying to change me into something else.”
“- Bruce Baldwin: You know, Hildy, he's not such a bad fellow.
- Hildy Johnson: No, he should make some girl real happy.”
“Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.”
“- Hildy Johnson: He treats me like a woman.
- Walter Burns: Oh he does, doesn't he? How did I treat you? Like a water buffalo?”
-Walter Burns: You're a newspaperman.
- Hildy Johnson: That's why I'm quitting. I want to go someplace where I can be a woman.
- Walter Burns: You mean "be a traitor".
“- Walter Burns: You've got the brain of a pancake. This isn't just a story you're covering - it's a revolution. This is the greatest yarn in journalism since Livingstone discovered Stanley.
- Hildy Johnson: It's the other way around.”
“- Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia: Mary Haines, don't you have any pride?
- Mrs. Stephen Haines - Mary: No pride at all. That's a luxury a woman in love can't afford.”
“- Patrick Dennis: Is the English lady sick, Auntie Mame?
- Auntie Mame: She's not English, darling... she's from Pittsburgh.
- Patrick Dennis: She sounded English.
- Auntie Mame: Well, when you're from Pittsburgh, you have to do something.”