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Doris Day Quotes

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Doris Day quotes: on acting, singing, sticking up for animals, her patriotism, and more.

“If I can do it, you can do it.  Anybody can.”

“You have to stay positive.  And worrying never helps.  Whatever will happen, will happen.”

“Gratitude is riches.  Complaint is poverty.”

“Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.”

“The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.”

“Wrinkles are hereditary.  Parents get them from their children.”

“You have to do things, you have to step out and stick up for animals, because they can’t do anything for themselves.  And really, I’ve been led by God to everything I’ve done in my life.  I’ve been put here and put there – out of Cincinnati and into a band, then to Hollywood, and now, the foundation and animal league.”

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

“I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”

“I’m going to do as much as I can for the animal world, and I’ll never stop.”

“If it’s true that men are such beasts, this must account for the fact that most women are animal lovers.”

“I think everything in my life has led to my animal welfare work.”

“I have found that, no matter what the times are like, people like to give to what they care about.  In my case, my passion for my four-legged friends and other animals, they always provide love when we need it most.  I thank everyone for helping to support that cause.”

“I’m lucky.  I’ve been blessed with good health.  It’s important to stay active.”

“Swimming is my main exercise.  I keep my pool at 94 degrees the year round and I swim four times a day.  I really do.  And at night I skinny dip.  For the benefit of fans inclined to fall down in a faint at this news, ‘My pool is very, very private.  Nobody could possibly see.  Though sometimes I do get the most awful feeling that maybe a gardener might be peeking in through the hedge.'”

“It has been said that the body is like an automobile – it’s yours, but it isn’t you.”

“It was the only ambition I ever had – not to be a dancer or Hollywood movie star, but to be a housewife in a good marriage.”

“There never was any intent on my part either in my acting or in my private life to create any such thing as an image.”

“When I was a teeny little girl, I was in dancing school, and I sang.”

“I couldn’t walk for almost three years.  That was the greatest thing that happened.  Instead of dancing, I sang.”

“My public image is unshakably that of America’s wholesome virgin, the girl next door, carefree and brimming with happiness, an image, I can assure you, more make-believe than any film part I ever played.”

“I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America’s Virgin, and all that, so I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together.”

“I have a good job, a lovely apartment, I go out with very nice men to the best places, the finest restaurants, the theater.  What am I missing?”

“No matter what you do onscreen, no matter what kind of part you play, it will always be you.”

“Everything’s acceptable in Hollywood now, it seems.  I’m glad I’m not there, because I would be screaming.  I hope and pray that the Hollywood stars who are making so much money really take a stand.”

“If you play the numbers game and become obsessed with it, as so many in Hollywood are, sooner or later you have to face the depressing fact that if you are number one the only place you can go is down.”

“I didn’t really decide to leave show business.  I wasn’t going to do that at all.  I moved out of Los Angeles, up to Carmel, and I would have worked if I could have found something that I really loved – and I still might do that.  Nothing is over till it’s over!”

“Would you believe, I am still offered scripts and projects all the time?  I never retired.”

“I am deeply grateful to the President and to my country.  To come from Cincinnati, Ohio, for God’s sake, then to go to Hollywood, and to get this kind of tribute from my country.  I love this country so much.”

“I’m not going to go around with a long face – that’s a waste of time.”

“I’ve been through everything.  I always said I was like those round-bottomed circus dolls – you know, those dolls you could push down and they’d come back up?  I’ve always been like that.  I’ve always said, no matter what happens, if I get pushed down, I’m going to come right back up.”

“I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty.  I want to smile and I want to make people laugh.  And that’s all I want.  I like it.  I like being happy.  I want to make others happy.”

“I love to laugh.  It’s the only way to live.  Enjoy each day – it’s not coming back again!”

“I always felt that making a living wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, and I decided I was going straight ahead and try to be as uncomplicated as possible.  The important thing in life is just living and loving.”

“I enjoyed working and always tried to do the best job I could with every role.  I’m thrilled to know that people are still watching my films and are uplifted by them.”

“I just feel so fortunate and so blessed to have been able to entertain people in the theaters and on record, it’s just an amazing life that I’ve experienced.”

“When I was just a little girl I asked my mother, what will I be –  will I be pretty, will I be rich?  Here’s what she said to me, ‘Que sera, sera.  Whatever will be, will be.  The future’s not ours to see.  Que sera, sera.  What will be, will be.'”

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