89 Betty White Quotes from the ‘First Lady of Television’

Betty White was an iconic American actress known for her comedic roles in TV sitcoms, especially The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

She began her career in radio in the 1940s and transitioned to television in 1949.

White co-created and starred in the 1952 sitcom Life with Elizabeth and was a popular game show guest, even marrying Password host Allen Ludden.

In the 1970s, she gained acclaim on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and subsequently starred in various shows, including The Golden Girls.

The 2010s saw a resurgence in her popularity, notably hosting Saturday Night Live and starring in Hot in Cleveland.

Betty White

She also acted in films, including The Proposal and voiced in Toy Story 4. Apart from acting,

White was an animal rights activist and author, inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.

Betty White is known as the “First Lady of Television”.

Here is a collection of the best quotes by Betty White.

Best Betty White Quotes


If the guy’s a cutie, you’ve gotta tap that booty. ~ Betty White.

I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun. It’s that simple. ~ Betty White.

A lady likes to be complimented on her looks, her eyes, her figure. But the personality comments are much appreciated. ~ Betty White.

There is no fool like an old fool. ~ Betty White.

Animal lover that I am, a cougar I am not. ~ Betty White.

Trolls suck. ~ Betty White.

I may be a senior, but so what? I’m still hot. ~ Betty White.

I’m wearing a put-together from a little shop that I favor called the back of my closet. ~ Betty White.

I think everybody needs a passion. Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keep life interesting. ~ Betty White.

Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a Golden Retriever, one’s life and one’s outlook is never quite the same. ~ Betty White.

I’m so compulsive about stuff, I know if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would have been my whole focus. But I didn’t choose to have children because I’m focused on my career. And I just don’t think, as compulsive as I am, that I could manage both. ~ Betty White.

You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal. ~ Betty White.

People who don’t like cats haven’t been around them. There’s the old joke: dogs have masters, cats have staff. ~ Betty White.

Laughter keeps everyone feeling wonderful. ~ Betty White.

I’ve always liked older men. They’re just more attractive to me. Of course, at my age there aren’t that many left! ~ Betty White.

If you call me a comedian I will be very grateful. I will thank you profoundly. No, I love doing comedy. It’s fun once in a while to do a serious part but I really enjoy doing comedy because I love to laugh. ~ Betty White.

Friendship takes time and energy if it’s going to work. You can luck into something great, but it doesn’t last if you don’t give it proper appreciation. Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted. ~ Betty White.

I stayed in show business to pay for my animal business. ~ Betty White.

I don’t know where I learned elephants like their tongues slapped. Whatever turns you on. ~ Betty White.

I go out to the kitchen to feed the dog, but that’s about as much cooking as I do. ~ Betty White.

My answer to anything under the sun, like ‘What have you not done in the business that you’ve always wanted to do?’ is ‘Robert Redford’. ~ Betty White.

I love bawdy humor, but not dirty humor. ~ Betty White.

Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of peoples vacations was considered a punishment. ~ Betty White.

Retirement is not a dirty word, I am just enjoying what I am doing. If they want me to retire, then stop asking me. Ask and I will say yes unless it is something I really don’t like. ~ Betty White.


You don’t luck into integrity. You work at it. ~ Betty White.

Now that I’m 91, as opposed to being 90, I’m much wiser. I’m much more aware and I’m much sexier. ~ Betty White.

Humor is like music. It’s a rhythm, and you just kind of get the rhythm of it, and you have to know not to let the beat go too long, but to leave a beat in there for it to gel. ~ Betty White.

I’m in the middle of my sixth book, which is about animals at the Los Angeles Zoo. ~ Betty White.

I think older women still have a full life. Maybe the writers don’t address it these days, but it doesn’t change the fact. ~ Betty White.

Does desire melt away with age? I’m waiting for that day to come. ~ Betty White.

Top Betty White Quotes

Of course, nobody’s tearing my door down. If you’re successful you’re going to intimidate and scare off the people you’d like to spend time with. They’re not going to approach you. And the ones who do are often there because you are a celebrity. ~ Betty White.

In my head, I’m the ultimate cougar. Animal lover that I am. ~ Betty White.

Keep the other person’s well being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on. ~ Betty White.

I love straight-face comedy or relatively subtle comedy. And then I turn around and I find myself doing very broad comedy but it’s all fun and you have to keep your sense of humor and not take yourself seriously. ~ Betty White.

Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way. ~ Betty White.

It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver. ~ Betty White.

We laugh a lot. That’s for sure. Sure beats the alternative, doesn’t it? ~ Betty White.

A good friend of mine was Lucy Ball. Her mother and my mother were best friends. ~ Betty White.

I really don’t care with whom you sleep. I just care what kind of a decent human being you are. ~ Betty White.

I enjoy being busy, I really do. Remember, I’m the stub end of the railroad. I have no family, so I’m not taking busy time away from people that I should be spending it with. So I’m just relaxing and enjoying it. ~ Betty White.

We didn’t have Facebook in my day, we had a phone book but you wouldn’t waste an afternoon on it. ~ Betty White.

I’m a teenager trapped in an old body. ~ Betty White.

If one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble. ~ Betty White.

Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them. ~ Betty White.

Gravity has taken over me from time to time. But otherwise than that, I’m blessed with good health. That’s the bottom line. ~ Betty White.

When I’m around animals, I don’t pay attention to people. ~ Betty White.

Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself. I think that keeps you feeling young. I really do. ~ Betty White.

The film industry gives you the opportunity to meet interesting people. ~ Betty White.

Famous Betty White Quotes

Literally it’s the precise moment when dog doo turns white, but in general it refers to the type of person you don’t want to share your hoogencogles with. ~ Betty White.

My blessing is I’m blessed with good health. If I weren’t feeling good or if I didn’t have the energy, then it’s not that much fun. But this way, you can get away with murder because you’re going to be 90 in January. ~ Betty White.

I always tape my Christmas show in advance. That way I can spend the season of joy and goodwill with my only sister in Florida. She’s kinda a creep but she’s got a pool. ~ Betty White.

I know unless I’m true to myself I couldn’t be happy. Too much emphasis is placed today on externals and too little on character. ~ Betty White.

We actors can’t take the credit. We love to try to claim the credit. ~ Betty White.

People forget the good that zoos do. If it weren’t for zoos, we would have so many species that would be extinct today. ~ Betty White.


I have the backbone of an eel. ~ Betty White.

I’m just happy as a lark having a good health. People say are you thinking about retiring, I don’t have time to think about retiring. ~ Betty White.

I’m the luckiest broad on two feet, I’ll tell you that. They say once a woman passes 40 she doesn’t get any good parts, so I’m blessed. ~ Betty White.

I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. ~ Betty White.

Take personal responsibility. A lot of people go, ‘Well, I’ll get a dog because I have a kid and a kid needs a dog.’ And it doesn’t work out for that dog and the dog is on the street. ~ Betty White.

Hot dogs and Red Vines and potato chips and French fries are my favorite foods. ~ Betty White.

The writers are the stars of every really successful sitcom. ~ Betty White.

Wilderness is harder and harder to find these days on this beautiful planet, and we’re abusing our planet to the point of almost no return. ~ Betty White.

When we started in television, there was that magic box in the corner of the room, and ‘Oh my gosh – look what it’s doing!’ ~ Betty White.

Ultimate Betty White Quotes

All creatures must learn to coexist. That’s why the brown bear and the field mouse can share their lives in harmony. Of course, they can’t mate or the mice would explode. ~ Betty White.

I’m a big cockeyed optimist. I try to accentuate the positive as opposed to the negative. ~ Betty White.

I think the best kind of comedy is the least self conscious. I think if you just sort of let the comedy happen without the elbow nudge, did you get it, did you get it. I love straight face comedy or subtle – relatively subtle comedy. ~ Betty White.

Snow always inspires such awe in me. Just consider one tiny snowflake alone, so delicate, so fragile, so ethereal. And yet, let a billion of them come together through the majestic force of nature, they can screw up a whole city. ~ Betty White.

You gotta use everything you possibly can! ~ Betty White.

I have a two-story house and a bad memory, so I’m up and down those stairs all the time. That’s my exercise. ~ Betty White.

It’s been phenomenal, but everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback. I haven’t been away, guys. I’ve been working steadily for the last 63 years. ~ Betty White.

Get at least 8 hours of beauty sleep. 9 if you’re ugly. ~ Betty White.

Having a live audience makes a world of difference to the acting. It keeps your timing sharp. When something doesn’t work, the actor can sense the reaction from the audience and quickly move on. ~ Betty White.

I think a lot of people like hidden-camera shows where they think they’re spying on somebody who doesn’t know they’re looking at them. And nobody takes it seriously – you either enjoy it and get a laugh out of the reactions or not. ~ Betty White.

When you start explaining why something’s funny or finding a formula for it I think it loses some of its funniness. ~ Betty White.

I married my first husband because we wanted to sleep together. It lasted six months and we were in bed for six months. ~ Betty White.

I’m blessed with learning easily. I’ve always had a good thing about memorizing quickly, and I just leave the script kind of open somewhere, and as I walk by I’ll just take a swipe at it and then go on about my business and pretty soon it sticks. ~ Betty White.

I don’t know people get so anti-something. Just mind your own business, take care of your own affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much. ~ Betty White.

Great Betty White Quotes

I don’t seem to require a lot of sleep. I just – if I get four, five good hours, I’m fine. But sleeping is sort of dull. There’s a lot of other good stuff that you can do without just lying down and closing your eyes. ~ Betty White.

I’m blessed with good health for which I’m deeply grateful, so for that reason, I feel so good. Everybody else is far more excited about the 90 than I am. ~ Betty White.

I like double entendre because then the people who get it enjoy it, and the people who don’t get it don’t know about it. ~ Betty White.

My mother always used to say: ‘The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.’ ~ Betty White.

I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet. ~ Betty White.

Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do. ~ Betty White.

Funny Betty White Quotes

Avoid tweeting any photos of your private parts. ~ Betty White.


You’re never too old for anything! ~ Betty White.

Being blessed with good health gives you the strength and loving what you do and – is a privilege that keeps you going. So I’m just happy as a lark. ~ Betty White.

I’ve worked with Morris Animal Foundation for more than 40 years now, and I’m so proud of all they’ve done to advance veterinary medicine for animals worldwide. ~ Betty White.

Retirement is not in my vocabulary. ~ Betty White.

You can lie to anyone in the world and even get away with it, perhaps, but when you are alone and look into your own eyes in the mirror, you can’t sidestep the truth. Always be sure you can meet those eyes directly. ~ Betty White.

So these were the 89 top Betty White quotes on life, love, animals and comedy.

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