32 Hattie McDaniel Quotes from American Actress and Comedian

Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role in “Gone with the Wind”.

Starting as a performer in minstrel groups she became a notable radio and movie actress despite racial barriers.

Known for playing maids she famously said she preferred acting as one rather than being one.

Her roles in films like “The Little Colonel” and “Alice Adams” were memorable.

Hattie McDaniel Quotes

She passed away in 1952 after a heart attack and battling breast cancer.

Here are some of the most popular quotes by Hatti McDaniel.

Best Hattie McDaniel Quotes


Faith is the black person’s federal reserve system. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


The only choice permitted us is either to be servants for $7 a week or to portray them for $700 per week. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


It’s not how much can I spare; it’s how much have I? ~ Hattie McDaniel.


A woman’s gifts will make room for her. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


In my life, God comes first, work second, and men third. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


We all respect sincerity in our friends and acquaintances, but Hollywood is willing to pay for it. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I’d rather make $700 a week playing a maid than earn $7 a day being a maid. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing passion to create something distinctive and unique. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I am loathe to get married again. I’ve been married enough; I just prefer to forget it. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Top Hattie McDaniel Quotes


I’m letting no man handle my bank account. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

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

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. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I sincerely hope that I shall always be a credit to my race, and to the motion picture industry. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


The entire race is usually judged by the actions of one man or woman. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I always have the best of everything. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Famous Hattie McDaniel Quotes

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

As for those grapefruit and buttermilk diets, I’ll take roast chicken and dumplings. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


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

When I was little, my mother taught me how to use a fork and knife. The trouble is that Mother forget to teach me how to stop using them! ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I cannot help but feel sad when I look over a crowd of our fine young men and realize that the world has found no better way to solve its problems than by taking so many of these young lives. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I am proud of my standing as a woman interested in her race. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


When I was 8 years old, I knew what I was going to be – an actress. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I’ve played everything but a harp. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Great Hattie McDaniel Quotes

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


I did my best, and God did the rest. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Always remember this: There are only eighteen inches between a pat on the back and a kick in the rump. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

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


I don’t belong on this earth. I always feel out of place – like a visitor. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

You can best fight any existing evil from the inside. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I’d rather play a maid than be one. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Popular Hattie McDaniel Quotes


Playing the Mammy of Miss Leigh was just about the biggest thrill I’ve ever had. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Why should I complain about making $7,000 a week playing a maid? If I didn’t, I’d be making $7 a week being one. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Here is a biography of the first African-American woman to win an Oscar.

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