36 Mary Pickford Quotes to Inspire and Motivate You

Mary Pickford was a five-decade-long cinema actress and producer of Canadian and American descent.

She co-founded Pickford–Fairbanks Studios and United Artists, as well as being one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

She was known as “America’s Sweetheart” and the “girl with the curls” during the silent film era. She was a Canadian pioneer in early Hollywood and a major player in the development of film acting.

We have picked some of the best quotes from Mary Pickford for you.


Best Mary Pickford Quotes

I am not for socialized medicine, but there should be some way to stop waste in government and provide the dollars necessary to take care of our poor old people. ~ Mary Pickford.

Nonsense is not tolerated round the stage. ~ Mary Pickford.

I am no Communist but I don’t think that anybody, including Chaplin, should be condemned without his day in court. ~ Mary Pickford.

When I was just a child, I was forced to live far beyond my years; now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely. ~ Mary Pickford.

I’ve worked and fought my way through since I was twelve, and I know business. ~ Mary Pickford.

There was very little a family like ours could do on a Sunday. ~ Mary Pickford.

Mother had real talent. More than I ever imagined she’d have. And she could mimic almost any accent. ~ Mary Pickford.

I wanted nice things. ~ Mary Pickford.

It’s not the falling down that counts. It’s the getting up. ~ Mary Pickford.

I am sick of Cinderella parts, of wearing rags and tatters. I want to wear smart clothes and play the lover… I created a certain type of character and now, I think, it is practically finished. ~ Mary Pickford.

The culture and talent of Europe are at the command of Hollywood. ~ Mary Pickford.

I sometimes wonder, whether, in the still, sleepless hours of the night, the consciences of these professional gossips do not stalk them. ~ Mary Pickford.

Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo. ~ Mary Pickford.

I had maternal designs on every baby that played with me on the screen. ~ Mary Pickford.

I never wanted Chaplin in the company, that was Douglas’s idea. ~ Mary Pickford.

I never asked for a raise except when I felt sure that I would get it, and I always got it. ~ Mary Pickford.

Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. ~ Mary Pickford.

We were pioneers in a brand-new medium. Everything’s fun when you’re young. ~ Mary Pickford.

Those who never make mistakes lose a great many chances to learn something. ~ Mary Pickford.

The refined simplicity should develop out of the complex. It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkie instead of the other way around. ~ Mary Pickford.

A spirit stronger than myself has always whipped me to action. ~ Mary Pickford.

Ovations, I have come to believe, are seldom or never according to persons, but to ideas. ~ Mary Pickford.

In looking over my life, my only regret is that I didn’t work harder. ~ Mary Pickford.

What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. ~ Mary Pickford.

It was not the fact of money alone, it was the principle of the thing that I did not like. ~ Mary Pickford.

One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man’s, privacy. ~ Mary Pickford.

I am making on only one picture a year. A company which makes many pictures a year can pay much bigger salaries than I can. ~ Mary Pickford.

Maybe this sounds very sentimental, but for anybody who has loved a career as much as I’ve loved mine, there can be no short cuts. ~ Mary Pickford.

If you ask me, Hollywood needs a little of the old-time craziness. ~ Mary Pickford..

I saw Hollywood born and I’ve seen it die. ~ Mary Pickford.

The greatest successes are not accidental; they are designed. ~ Mary Pickford.

You cannot spend a large income wisely if you have not saved or handled a small one well. ~ Mary Pickford.

Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. ~ Mary Pickford.

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. ~ Mary Pickford.

No one ever worked for me. Nor did I ever work for anybody. We worked together. ~ Mary Pickford.

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~ Mary Pickford.


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