56 of the Most Inspirational Lucille Ball Quotes

Lucille Ball Quotes

Lucille Ball was born in 1911, and is one of the most popular American comedians of all time. She is best known for her TV series Love Lucy (1962-1968) and ‘Here’s Lucy’ (1968-1973) with her on-screen and real-life husband, Desi Arnaz.

Early in her career, she was shy and had a rough time getting a start in her dream of acting. In New York in 1927 Lucille called herself Diane Belmont while she took modelling jobs for fashion designer Hattie Carnegie and Chesterfield Cigarettes. In the early 1930s she relocated to Hollywood to expand her search for acting jobs to build her acting career.

Lucille Ball starred in ‘Roman Scandals’ (1933), was an extra in ‘The Three Musketeers’, starred in ‘Stage Door’ (1937), and the movie ‘Dance, Girl, Dance’ (1940) where she was introduced to her husband and co-star Desi Arnaz. Lucille Ball starred in a total of 72 films in her career.

Ball and Arnaz put together the show ‘I love Lucy’ together and founded a production company called Desilu Productions. In 1960 the pair divorced, but she ended up buying Arnaz out of the company after she married Gary Morton. She sold the company in 1967 for a total of 17 million dollars. Lucille Ball died on April 26, 1989 during an open-heart surgery in Los Angeles.

Lucille Ball Quotes

  1. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
  2. “Children internalize their parents’ unhappiness. Fortunately, they absorb our contentment just as readily.” – Lucille Ball
  3. “I believe that we’re as happy in life as We make up our minds to be.” – Lucille Ball
  4. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – Lucille Ball
  5. “Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” – Lucille Ball
  6. “I have an everyday religion that works for me. love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball
  7. “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball
  8. “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” – Lucille Ball
  9. “Remember to recognize the small successes that you will have. Don’t let the brightness of that big goal blind you to what happens on the way toward the goal. Meet one wave at a time and enjoy what progress you make.” – Lucille Ball
  10. “I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.” – Lucille Ball
  11. “I don’t know How to tell a joke. I never tell jokes. I can tell stories that happened to me… anecdotes. But never a joke.” – Lucille Ball
  12. “TV started for me just as a means of keeping my husband Desi off the road. He’d been on tour with his band since He got out of the Army, and We were in our 11th year of marriage and wanted to have children.” – Lucille Ball
  13. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
  14. “Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.” – Lucille Ball
  15. “Now get the h*ll out of here and go change the world.” – Lucille Ball
  16. “People either have comedy or they don’t. You can’t teach it to them.” – Lucille Ball
  17. “Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don’t rush; otherwise you’ll look like a patchwork quilt.” – Lucille Ball
  18. “Women’s Lib? Oh, I’m afraid it doesn’t interest me one bit. I’ve been so liberated it hurts.” – Lucille Ball
  19. “I’m not sure that I want to be without some lack of confidence. If you are too sure of yourself, you don’t grow. You may feel confident in some things, but other fields come up as a challenge. And if you don’t anticipate trouble, you will be in trouble.” – Lucille Ball
  20. “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball
  21. “I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn. Like most teenagers, I was far too self-centered.” – Lucille Ball
  22. “I am not funny. My writers were funny. My direction was funny. The situations were funny. But I am not funny. I am not funny. What I am is brave.” – Lucille Ball
  23. “Remember to recognize the small successes that you will have.” – Lucille Ball
  24. “I’ve seen ‘Mork & Mindy’ a couple times. Robin Williams amazes me. and I love Gary Coleman. He puts me away. He puts everybody away.” – Lucille Ball
  25. “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” – Lucille Ball
  26. “I hate failure and that divorce was a Number One failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally.” – Lucille Ball
  27. “When I stopped being prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.” – Lucille Ball
  28. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.” – Lucille Ball
  29. “I wanted to get out of the pictures and stay home so that I could have children.” – Lucille Ball
  30. “In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.” – Lucille Ball
  31. “Whether we’re prepared or not, life has a habit of thrusting situations upon us.” – Lucille Ball
  32. “Responsibility is the ability to respond.” – Lucille Ball
  33. “I’ve always prided myself on knowing when to get off, and I hope it works out that way.” – Lucille Ball
  34. “I’m sometimes scared of everything that has happened to us. We didn’t think Desilu Productions would grow so big. We merely wanted to be together and have two children.” – Lucille Ball
  35. “I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.” – Lucille Ball
  36. “Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.” – Lucille Ball
  37. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
  38. “I want you please not to be taken up in the undertow of pessimism.” – Lucille Ball
  39. “I’m not funny. What I am is brave.” – Lucille Ball
  40. “You see much more of your children once they leave home.” – Lucille Ball
  41. “It wasn’t love at first sight. It took a full five minutes.” – Lucille Ball
  42. “I don’t think you should write a book until you tell the absolute truth. You can’t do that until you’re 85, and I don’t want to live that long.” – Lucille Ball
  43. “How to do half-hour comedy innovatively is something I do pride myself on. We invented it with ‘I love Lucy.’” – Lucille Ball
  44. “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” – Lucille Ball
  45. “I regret the passing of the studio system. I was very appreciative of it because I had no talent.” – Lucille Ball
  46. “There’s a great deal of difference between temperament and temper. Temperament is something you welcome creatively, for it is based on sensitivity, empathy, awareness … but a bad temper takes too much out of you and doesn’t really accomplish anything.” – Lucille Ball
  47. “I’m not sure that I want to be without some lack of confidence. If you are too sure of yourself, you don’t grow. You may feel confident in some things, but other fields come up as a challenge. And if you don’t anticipate trouble, you will be in trouble.” – Lucille Ball
  48. “You spell Bob Hope C-L-A-S-S.” – Lucille Ball
  49. “I have an everyday religion that works for me. love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball
  50. “A man who correctly guesses a woman`s age may be smart, but he’s not very bright.” – Lucille Ball
  51. “Some of the most gifted people I’ve ever met or read about are homosexual. How can you knock it?” – Lucille Ball
  52. “I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.” – Lucille Ball
  53. “I will never do another TV series. It couldn’t top I love Lucy, and I’d be foolish to try. In this business, you have to know when to get off.” – Lucille Ball
  54. “I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing that you can.” – Lucille Ball
  55. “How I love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we’d profit from them.” – Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball Video – Lucy and the Chocolate Factory

This is one of the most memorable and iconic clips of Lucille from her prime.

It is a short and funny clip that is worth a watch!

Summary

Lucille Ball was an inspiration to women everywhere because of her leading role and becoming the first woman to run a television production company. Even though the ‘I love Lucy’ show came to an end over 50 years ago, there are still many fans of all ages and generations that love the comedy and rewatch the episodes.

Chances are, you know an ‘I Love Lucy fan or you are a fan yourself, use some of these quotes for the purpose of remembering the episodes, or use some of the Lucille Ball quotes to motivate and inspire yourself or others because she was an important woman in the history of women’s rights.

 

Image Credit: CBS Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

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