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Sarah Bernhardt

1844 – 1923 CE

“One of the finest actors of all time”

“The most famous actress the world has ever known", “one of the finest actors of all time,” “first international entertainment icon,” and “notorious liar;” Sarah Bernhard acted and sang for over 60 years starring in many of the earliest films ever made. Admired by everyone from Sigmund Freud to Mark Twain to Czar Alexander III, her mother was a prostitute and Sarah forged a birth certificate to claim French citizenship. Expelled from her first acting school for slapping a fellow actress, Sarah became mistress to a Belgian prince, to a famous courtesan, and slept in a coffin to better understand tragedy. During a war she converted her theatre into a hospital and took care of wounded soldiers.


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My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt

Quotes by Sarah Bernhardt (7 quotes)

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”

Themes: Wealth Progress

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“Legend remains victorious in spite of history.”

Themes: History Progress

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“Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labor, always inspired by the ideal.”

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“What matters poverty? What matters anything to him who is enamoured of our art? Does he not carry in himself every joy and every beauty?”

Themes: Art Beauty

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“Life is short, even for those who live a long time, and we must live for the few who know and appreciate us, who judge and absolve us, and for whom we have the same affection and indulgence. The rest I look upon as a mere crowd”

from My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt

Themes: Friendship

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“I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me.”

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“Should we have an Eleventh Commandment? Most assuredly no—we have ten too many now!”

Themes: Judaism

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Quotes about Sarah Bernhardt (4 quotes)

“There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses -- and then there is Sarah Bernhardt.”

Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 CE
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
America’s most famous author

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“How this Sarah can act, after the first words uttered in an intimate, endearing voice, I felt I had known her all my life.”

Sigmund Freud 1856 – 1939 CE

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“She is the Muse of Poetry herself. Neither intelligence nor artistry have anything to do with it. She is guided by a secret instinct. She recites as the nightingale sings, as the wind sighs, as water murmurs”

Théodore Faullain de Banville 1823 – 1891 CE
French poet, writer, and major influence on the Symbolist movement.

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“Dame Hortense, you remind me of Sarah Bernhardt… when she was young. I didn't expect to find such elegance, such grace and courtesy, such beauty, in this wild place. What Shakespeare was it sent you here amongst the barbarians?”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE
from Zorba the Greek

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