73 Katharine Hepburn Quotes from Iconic American Actress

Katharine Hepburn was a famous American actress known for her spirited and eccentric performances.

Born to a wealthy surgeon and a suffragette, Hepburn embraced strong character roles, challenging Hollywood norms.

She debuted on Broadway in 1928, later making a huge impact in films with her distinctive speech and unconventional behavior.

Katharine Hepburn

Despite facing criticism and initial career setbacks Hepburn won four Academy Awards, with great performances in films like “The Philadelphia Story”, “The African Queen” and “On Golden Pond”.

She also had a long, private relationship with actor Spencer Tracy.

Here are some of the top quotes by Katharine Hepburn.

Best Katharine Hepburn Quotes


To be loved is very demoralizing. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


If you need a helping hand, you can find one at the end of your arm. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


I love rain. It’s lucky, I always think. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


Life gets harder the smarter you get, the more you know. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Life’s what’s important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy – and then death. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


You politicians remain professional because the voters remain amateur. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Listen to the Song of Life. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Enemies are so stimulating. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Only the really plain people know about love – the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they soon exhaust their talents. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

You don’t pick who you fall in love with. There are so few people to love. It’s hard for one adult to even like another. Almost impossible. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Famous Katharine Hepburn Quotes


I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Everyone thought I was bold and fearless and even arrogant, but inside I was always quaking. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Life is very hard, isn’t it? It does kill you, after all. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


Wouldn’t it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly? ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Vitality! That’s the pursuit of life, isn’t it? ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I welcome death. In death there are no interviews! ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Top Katharine Hepburn Quotes

As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


Life is hard. After all, it kills you. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I would have been a terrible mother because I’m basically a very selfish human being. Not that that has stopped most people going off and having children. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

What in the world would we do without our libraries? ~ Katharine Hepburn.


You can’t change the music of your soul. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I loved Spencer Tracy. I would have done anything for him. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

What acting means is that you’ve got to get out of your own skin. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done; as long as I enjoyed it at the time. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Popular Katharine Hepburn Quotes

Children need boundaries, so they can know how far they have to go to get beyond them. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

The average Hollywood film star’s ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


When a man says he likes a woman in a skirt, I tell him to try one. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

My greatest strength is common sense. I’m really a standard brand – like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Without discipline, there’s no life at all. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


I don’t fear death, it must be like a long sleep. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Great Katharine Hepburn Quotes

I think everyone is an opportunist if they have an opportunity. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

It’s life isn’t it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


It’s not what you start in life, it’s what you finish. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

You are the only person you can actually change. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Cold sober, I find myself absolutely fascinating. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I don’t believe in marriage. It’s bloody impractical. ‘To love, honor, and obey.’ If it weren’t, you wouldn’t have to sign a contract. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

The notion that work is a burden is a terrible mistake. Working and facing up to one’s responsibilities: That’s happiness. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


I have loved and been in love. There’s a big difference. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Don’t moan, don’t whine, don’t blame. Just get on with it. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Powerful Katharine Hepburn Quotes

What you see before you, my friend is the result of a lifetime of chocolate. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I am a total me, me, Me person. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

The lack of work destroys people. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Never complain. Never explain. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Loved people are loving people. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


People who want to be famous are really loners. Or they should be. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

Silence the artist and you have silenced the most articulate voice the people have. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

It’s either some kind of electricity or some kind of energy. I don’t know what it is, but whatever it is, I’ve got it. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

If you survive long enough, you’re revered-rather like an old building. ~ Katharine Hepburn.


There are no laurels in life, just new challenges. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn.

So these were the 73 top Katharine Hepburn quotes and sayings.

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