“You can best any existing evil from the inside.”

“A woman’s gifts will make room for her.”

“Bob Hope, Red Skelton, and Eddie Cantor… help us keep our balance.”

“Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing passion to create something distinctive and unique.”

“As for those grapefruit and buttermilk diets, I’ll take roast chicken and dumplings.”

“I always have the best of everything.”

“I am loath to get married again. I’ve been married enough; I just prefer to forget it.”

“Faith is the black person’s federal reserve system.”

“I sincerely hope that I shall be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry.”

“I’ve played everything but the harp.”

“I don’t belong on this earth. I always feel out of place – like a visitor.”

“It sure looks good to see an honest-to-goodness audience after looking at you all for so long from the silver screen.”

“My desire for the part of Mammy was not dominated by selfishness for Hollywood has been good to me and I am grateful.”

“In playing the part of Mammy, I tried to make her a living, breathing character, the way she appeared to me in the book.”

“Putting a little time aside for clean fun and good humor is very necessary to relieve the tensions of our time.”

“The entire race is usually judged by the actions of one man or woman.”

“That’s a powerful lucky rabbit’s foot. I got the part in Gone with the Wind because of it. I got my Warner contract, thanks to it.”

“We all respect sincerity in our friends and acquaintances, but Hollywood is willing to pay for it.”

“When I was little my Mother taught me how to use a knife and fork. The trouble is that mother forgot to teach how to stop using them!”

“What is the thing that Hollywood demands the most? Sincerity. No place in the world will pay such a high price for this admirable trait.”