Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, model, film and television actress and studio executive. She was star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy. Ball had one of Hollywood’s longest careers.
In 1929, Ball landed work as a model and later began her performing career on Broadway using the stage name Diane Belmont. She performed many small movie roles in the 1930s and 1940s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures being cast as a chorus girl, or in similar roles, and was dubbed the “Queen of the Bs”.
1. LOVE YOURSELF FIRST AND EVERYTHING ELSE FALLS INTO LINE. YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOVE YOURSELF TO GET ANYTHING DONE IN THIS WORLD.
2. THE SECRET OF STAYING YOUNG IS TO LIVE HONESTLY, EAT SLOWLY, AND LIE ABOUT YOUR AGE.
3. IT’S A HELLUVA START, BEING ABLE TO RECOGNIZE WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
4. IN LIFE, ALL GOOD THINGS COME HARD, BUT WISDOM IS THE HARDEST TO COME BY.
5. HOW I LOVE LUCY WAS BORN? WE DECIDED THAT INSTEAD OF DIVORCE LAWYERS PROFITING FROM OUR MISTAKES, WE’D PROFIT FROM THEM.
6. I’M NOT FUNNY. WHAT I AM IS BRAVE.
7. THE MORE THINGS YOU DO, THE MORE YOU CAN DO.
8. I’M SOMETIMES SCARED OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO US. WE DIDN’T THINK DESILU PRODUCTIONS WOULD GROW SO BIG. WE MERELY WANTED TO BE TOGETHER AND HAVE TWO CHILDREN.
9. I REGRET THE PASSING OF THE STUDIO SYSTEM. I WAS VERY APPRECIATIVE OF IT BECAUSE I HAD NO TALENT.
10. I AM A REAL HAM. I LOVE AN AUDIENCE. I WORK BETTER WITH AN AUDIENCE. I AM DEAD, IN FACT, WITHOUT ONE.
11. WOMEN’S LIB? OH, I’M AFRAID IT DOESN’T INTEREST ME ONE BIT. I’VE BEEN SO LIBERATED IT HURTS.
12. I’M HAPPY THAT I HAVE BROUGHT LAUGHTER BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SHOWN BY MANY THE VALUE OF IT IN SO MANY LIVES, IN SO MANY WAYS.
13. ONCE IN HIS LIFE, EVERY MAN IS ENTITLED TO FALL MADLY IN LOVE WITH A GORGEOUS REDHEAD.
14. YOU SEE MUCH MORE OF YOUR CHILDREN ONCE THEY LEAVE HOME.
15. ONE OF THE THINGS I LEARNED THE HARD WAY WAS THAT IT DOESN’T PAY TO GET DISCOURAGED. KEEPING BUSY AND MAKING OPTIMISM A WAY OF LIFE CAN RESTORE YOUR FAITH IN YOURSELF.
16. I’D RATHER REGRET THE THINGS I’VE DONE THAN REGRET THE THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE.
17. LUCK? I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT LUCK. I’VE NEVER BANKED ON IT AND I’M AFRAID OF PEOPLE WHO DO. LUCK TO ME IS SOMETHING ELSE: HARD WORK – AND REALIZING WHAT IS OPPORTUNITY AND WHAT ISN’T.
18. I HAVE AN EVERYDAY RELIGION THAT WORKS FOR ME. LOVE YOURSELF FIRST, AND EVERYTHING ELSE FALLS INTO LINE.
19. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, ASK A BUSY PERSON TO DO IT. THE MORE THINGS YOU DO, THE MORE YOU CAN DO.
20. I THINK KNOWING WHAT YOU CANNOT DO IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN.
21. I THINK KNOWING WHAT YOU CANNOT DO IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN.
22. ABILITY IS OF LITTLE ACCOUNT WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY.
23. USE A MAKE-UP TABLE WITH EVERYTHING CLOSE AT HAND AND DON’T RUSH; OTHERWISE YOU’LL LOOK LIKE A PATCHWORK QUILT.
24. I WILL NEVER DO ANOTHER TV SERIES. IT COULDN’T TOP I LOVE LUCY, AND I’D BE FOOLISH TO TRY. IN THIS BUSINESS, YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN TO GET OFF.