Sarah Bernhardt quote: “I am so..


Sarah Bernhardt quote:

“I am so superstitious that if I had arrived when there was no sunshine I should have been wretched and most anxious until after my first performance. It is a perfect torture to be superstitious to this degree, and, unfortunately for me, I am ten times more so now than I was in those days, for besides the superstitions of my own country, 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. I cannot walk a single step or make any movement or gesture, sit down, go out, look at the sky or ground, without feeling some reason for hope or despair, until at last, exasperated by the trammels put upon my actions by my thought, I defy all superstitions and just act as I want to act.”

Sarah Bernhardt portrait, taken circa 1864
Sarah Bernhardt, circa 1864

About Sarah Bernhardt:

Sarah Bernhardt was one of the most popular French stage actresses of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She starred in numerous plays and performed internationally, and became one of the first well-known actresses to perform in motion pictures and make sound recordings. Sarah was born in Paris in 1844, and passed away there in 1923.


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“Sarah Bernhardt quote: ‘I am so…” sources:

Portrait of Sarah taken circa 1864 by Felix Nadar / Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon] (French, 1820 – 1910), photographer and Paul Nadar (French, 1856 – 1939), printer, [Sarah Bernhardt], negative about 1864; print about 1924, Gelatin silver print, 21.1 × 16.2 cm (8 5/16 × 6 3/8 in.), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 84.XM.436.494 (Getty Open Content Program) / Wikimedia Commons / Ma Double Vie [My Double Life : Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt], published in 1907 – Sarah Bernhardt Wikiquote