34 Mary Pickford Quotes From The Canadian-American Actress And Producer

Mary Pickford is best known for her work as an actress in silent films.
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Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of film and is known to have changed the American film industry forever.

Mary Pickford was born in Toronto, Canada. She made her New York stage debut in the year 1907 and yet her legacy is fresh even a century later.

Mary Pickford was one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also one of the most famous actors in the silent film era.  Mary Pickford, who earned the epithet, "America's Sweetheart" was also the co-founder of the very famous United Artists production company.  When she was just a fresh face, many people tried to disparage her move from stage to film, yet she went on to become an academy award-winning film actress.  

We have compiled a list of the best Mary Pickford quotes from the actress. We have included amusing Mary Pickford quotes, famous Mary Pickford quotes and also Mary Pickford quotes about sound. If you would like to read more quotes from legendary actors, here are some quotes from [Hedy Lamarr] and [Maria Felix].

Mary Pickford Famous Quotes

Mary Pickford was quite an inspirational figure. Some falling down quotes are attributed to her as she talked a lot about getting up after falling and recovering from a failure. Here are some of the best Mary Pickford quotes including the famous one about not staying down after falling.

1. "Ovations, I have come to believe, are seldom or never according to persons, but to ideas."

- Mary Pickford.

2. "But there was no moving him. I don’t think Charlie knew himself what he wanted… As we were 50-50 partners, I was completely stymied."

- Mary Pickford.

3. "No one ever worked for me. Nor did I ever work for anybody. We worked together."

- Mary Pickford.

4. "The greatest successes are not accidental; they are designed."

- Mary Pickford.

5. "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.

6. "Besides, I'm the father of my family and I've got to earn all the money I can."

- Mary Pickford.

7. "I'm thirteen years old, and I think I'm at the crossroads of my life. I've got to make good between now and the time I'm twenty, and I have only seven years to do it in. "

- Mary Pickford.

8. "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.

9. "I think Oscar Wilde wrote a poem about a robin who loved a white rose. He loved it so much that he pierced his breast and let his heart's blood turn the white rose red."

- Mary Pickford.

10. "It's not the falling down that counts. It's the getting up."

- Mary Pickford.

11. "It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkie instead of the other way around."

- Mary Pickford.

12. "We were pioneers in a brand-new medium. Everything's fun when you're young."

- Mary Pickford.

13. "The refined simplicity should develop out of the complex."

- Mary Pickford.

14. "I saw Hollywood born and I've seen it die."

- Mary Pickford.

15. "I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that."

- Mary Pickford.

16. "What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise."

- Mary Pickford.

17. "Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter."

- Mary Pickford.

18. "Those who never make mistakes lose a great many chances to learn something."

- Mary Pickford.

19. "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."

- Mary Pickford.

20. "For this thing that we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."

- Mary Pickford.

21. "And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose."

- Mary Pickford.

22. "If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you."

- Mary Pickford.

23. "Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it."

- Mary Pickford.

Funny Mary Pickford Quotes

Actress Mary Pickford was also given the nickname "The girl with the curls"

On top of being as wise as she was, Mary Pickford was also very witty. Here are some of the funniest Mary Pickford quotes that you may like.

24. "I'm sick of Cinderella parts, of wearing rags and tatters. I want to wear smart clothes and play the lover."

- Mary Pickford.

25. "Well, I remember when I used to go into managers' offices to apply for jobs. I always was afraid I'd be either too short or too tall for the role I was applying for."

- Mary Pickford.

26. "So I used to scrooch down as little as I could, so that if they said I was too small I could suddenly grow up right there before their eyes."

- Mary Pickford.

27. "I can't afford to work for only ten thousand dollars a week."

- Mary Pickford.

28. "That obstinate, suspicious, egocentric, maddening and lovable genius of a problem child."

- Mary Pickford.

29. "If you ask me, Hollywood needs a little of the old-time craziness."

- Mary Pickford.

30. "Bill, I am the producer, I am the star – do you want me to be the director too? If I hadn’t thought you could do it, I wouldn’t have hired you. Now, let’s get back to work."

- Mary Pickford.

31. "I never asked for a raise except when I felt sure that I would get it, and I always got it."

- Mary Pickford.

32. "You cannot spend a large income wisely if you have not saved or handled a small one well."

- Mary Pickford.

33. "I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child, now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely."

- Mary Pickford.

34. "Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo."

- Mary Pickford.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you like our suggestions for Mary Pickford quotes then you may also like more actress quotes such as [Bette Davis quotes], or [Marlene Dietrich quotes].

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