By Lillian Gish

– “Never get caught acting.”

– “The stage was our school, our home, our life.”

– “What you get is a living — what you give is a life.”

– “You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived, I’m sure I would have played his mother.”

– “Young man, if God had wanted you to see me that way, he would have put your eyes in your bellybutton.”

– “The older I get, the more I believe in what I can’t explain or understand, even more than the things that are explainable and understandable.”

– “You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners.”

– ”I’ve never been in style, so I can never go out of style.”

– “Actors, like soldiers, can bed down anywhere.”

About Lillian Gish

– “I never cease to wonder at my luck in having for my sister the woman who, more than any other woman in America, possesses all the qualities of true greatness.”
— Dorothy Gish in Stage magazine about her sister Lillian Gish