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- 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.
- "How Mary Pickford Stays Young", Reader's Digest, Vol. 5 (1926); condensed from an interview in Everybody's Magazine (28 May 1926)
- [Talking pictures are] like putting lip rouge on the Venus de Milo.
- Associated Press, "Mary Pickford Sees Talkies as Lipstick on Milo", Los Angeles Times, 18 March 1934, p. 1. Cf. "Los Angeles Times", 20 March 1934, p. A4: "Talking pictures are like lip rouge on the Venus de Milo."
- Variant: Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
- Widely attributed in this form (e.g., A. Scott Berg, Goldwyn: A Biography (1989), Ch. 11) and described as having been said in the 1920s, but the 18 March 1934 AP story quotes it as said that day.
- 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.
- Attributed (1934) in Eileen Whitfield, Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood (1997), p. 269–270
- You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
- "Why Not Ty God?", Chapter 6 (newspaper serial), appeared in St. Petersburg Times, 25 January 1936, sect. 2, p. 3
- Make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter. What do people go to the theater for? An emotional exercise. And no preachment.
- Kevin Brownlow, The Parade's Gone By ... (1968), p. 134