Now in my era, if you did something stupid or wrong, you had to blame yourself. Today you say, “You poor thing, look at your upbringing,” and then you blame mama, papa, grandma, it doesn’t matter whom you blame. There’s one person to blame for whatever you do. Don’t look for a scapegoat, go right to yourself - I’m giving you my brilliant philosophy of life - because if you blame yourself, you can change yourself, and you cannot change anybody else unless they love you tremendously.
— Katharine Hepburn, conversation with Bryn Mawr seniors in 1973