Personality is the most important thing to an actress's success.
(Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, ch. 1 (1959).
West was a flamboyant stage and screen actor known for her witty, audacious portrayals of sexually experienced women.)
To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
(Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "Conclusion," (1873).
Referring to "the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy.")