Top Quotes by Elaine Stritch

By | January 28, 2016

I can’t explain chemistry. I really can’t. I haven’t got a clue what it’s all about. It just happens. It’s like falling in love. You can’t explain why you fall in love or explain why it’s this particular person.

Elaine Stritch

You have to be very, very good looking to get ahead in motion pictures.

Elaine Stritch

All you have to do is say, ‘I’m going home,’ and you’re the most popular girl at the party.

Elaine Stritch

I mention I’m going home, and I’m a star immediately! This used to happen with my boyfriends – as soon as I’d say, ‘I gotta go home now,’ they fell in love.

Elaine Stritch

I don’t have to go to a doctor and have my face changed. It terrifies me that women do that.

Elaine Stritch

I like glasses so I can go out without my makeup. Just grab your coat and get your hat and go.

Elaine Stritch

There will always be ladies who lunch. Always. And apparently they live a long time.

Elaine Stritch

Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease.

Elaine Stritch

I never found anyone who could look after me as well as I could look after myself.

Elaine Stritch

I have not had any of that surgical stuff. I am too curious to find out exactly how I progress every day of my life naturally. That is what fascinates me.

Elaine Stritch

You cannot tell an audience a lie. They know it before you do; before it’s out of your mouth, they know it’s a lie.

Elaine Stritch

I have no intention of retiring. Even my blood sugar is better when I’m working.

Elaine Stritch

I always say, ‘If you can’t give a reason for the banana peel being in the alley, then don’t have the comic slide over it.’ Do you understand what I mean? First explain how the banana peel got there quickly. And then there’s a reason for all the comedy.

Elaine Stritch

New Yorkers stop me on the street all the time to say, ‘You’re terrific! You’re the nuts!’

Elaine Stritch

My biggest dream was to get out of Michigan – to discover life beyond the Sacred Heart Convent.

Elaine Stritch

I find it easier to abstain than do a little bit of anything. I’m not a ‘little bit’ kind of dame. I want it all, whatever I do.

Elaine Stritch

You can’t be funny unless you’re tragic, and you can’t be tragic unless you’re funny.

Elaine Stritch

I don’t have a great talent for explaining myself in acting because I can’t explain it.

Elaine Stritch

I am not influenced by other human beings. But I am inspired.

Elaine Stritch

There’s something about it that makes sense, Lent. You give something up, and everything’s more joyful.

Elaine Stritch

Talent is seductive.

Elaine Stritch

If I see a great performance on television, onstage, in the movies, I go to work the next day with a renewed energy and less fear. These great artists take me out of my life and make me want to go there.

Elaine Stritch

There’s something that really frightens me – and that’s fear.

Elaine Stritch

I’m a hotel baby, absolutely: it’s hard to think of a hotel I haven’t stayed in.

Elaine Stritch

I think it’s the wrong way around to say, ‘When you get older move to the country.’ I think when you get older you move to New York.

Elaine Stritch

I care about money, very much. I want it. I don’t ever want to be without it. My mother once said about me, ‘Elaine has to have money.’

Elaine Stritch

I care about money, very much. I want it. I don’t ever want to be without it. My mother once said about me, ‘Elaine has to have money.’

Elaine Stritch

When I want to do something badly enough, I do it, but there is a practical side of me that thinks I should be paid fairly.

Elaine Stritch

What I want to understand is what I am talking about on the stage. What I don’t want to understand is what the government is talking about when the government tells me about taxes.

Elaine Stritch

I think the most interesting New Yorkers are the people who were not born here.

Elaine Stritch

I do believe in the infallibility of the Pope, because I think we have to believe in something.

Elaine Stritch

I love reviews. Anybody who tells you they don’t read reviews is a liar.

Elaine Stritch

For me, going to London is like coming home. In fact, I’ve often entertained the idea of ending my days there.

Elaine Stritch

As a diabetic, I’m a walking picnic. I have to eat measured amounts of food at certain times.

Elaine Stritch

The closer a part is to you, the harder it is to play. Anything else is just imitation. If I’m playing a Russian countess, I get the hat, the accent, the outrageousness. Easy. Playing a murderess? Perfect.

Elaine Stritch

This age thing is all up to you. It’s like happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it.

Elaine Stritch

I don’t wear a wig. I’d feel terrible onstage with a wig. I hate to be so ‘Actors Studio’-ish, but I like to feel it’s me out there.

Elaine Stritch

I tell the truth, and it has gotten me into a lot of trouble. My dad used to say to me, ‘If you tell the truth all day long, you will end up in jail.’

Elaine Stritch

Fear is the base of what everybody does wrong in their lives.

Elaine Stritch

My movie career – if such a thing even exists – is laughable.

Elaine Stritch

Why haven’t I made more movies? Nobody asked me.

Elaine Stritch

I don’t think there’s any thrill in the world like doing work you’re good at.

Elaine Stritch

Certain type of actresses get younger instead of older. I always say, ‘Only ingenues age.’

Elaine Stritch

When I’m playing comedy, it is such a crap shoot of what will work and what won’t.

Elaine Stritch

I don’t want to see a movie twice. I don’t want to do anything twice.

Elaine Stritch

Audiences are not strangers to me. They’re the best friends I’ve got in my life.

Elaine Stritch

All of the writing on ’30 Rock’ is a joy to go into. It’s pretty hot stuff.

Elaine Stritch

Making clever speeches takes a lot of work and a lot of time.

Elaine Stritch

I like being talked about. I think some people really don’t… because they’re secure enough and they don’t need that.

Elaine Stritch

I love Birmingham, Michigan. It’s lovely – you know, it’s very similar to the Hamptons.

Elaine Stritch

The people in New York – their humor is on a level that goes, uh, very deep, you know?

Elaine Stritch

I’m funny when I want to be. And I’m even funny when I don’t want to be.

Elaine Stritch

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