Dorothy Parker Quotes

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Dorothy Parker Quotes

Theres life for you. Spend the best years of your life studying penmanship and rhetoric and syntax and Beowulf and George Eliot, and then somebody steals your pencil.
— Dorothy Parker —

Ducking for apples
change one letter and it's the story of my life.

— Dorothy Parker

But I don't give up; I forget why not.

— Dorothy Parker

There was a reason for the cost of those perfectly plain black dresses.

— Dorothy Parker

I can't write five words but that I change seven.

— Dorothy Parker

Out in Hollywood, where the streets are paved with Goldwyn ...

— Dorothy Parker

To keep something, you must take care of it. More, you must understand just what sort of care it requires. You must know the rules and abide by them. She could do that. She had been doing it all the months, in the writing of her letters to him. There had been rules to be learned in that matter, and the first of them was the hardest: never say to him what you want him to say to you. Never tell him how sadly you miss him, how it grows no better, how each day without him is sharper than the day before. Set down for him the gay happenings about you, bright little anecdotes, not invented, necessarily, but attractively embellished. Do not bedevil him with the pinings of your faithful heart because he is your husband, your man, your love. For you are writing to none of these. You are writing to a soldier.

— Dorothy Parker

This isn't my head I've got on now. I think this is something that used to belong to Walt Whitman.

— Dorothy Parker

There's little in taking or giving, There's little in water or wine: This living, this living, this living, Was never a project of mine. Oh, hard is the struggle, and sparse is The gain of the one at the top, For art is a form of catharsis, And love is a permanent flop, And work is the province of cattle, And rest's for a clam in a shell, So I'm thinking of throwing the battle - Would you kindly direct me to hell?

— Dorothy Parker

[On Katharine Hepburn's stage performance:] She ran the whole gamut of emotions, from A to B.

— Dorothy Parker

Upton Sinclair is his own King Charles' head. He cannot keep himself out of his writings, try though he may; or, by this time, try though he doesn't.

— Dorothy Parker

A girl's best friend is her mutter.

— Dorothy Parker

Work is the province of cattle.

— Dorothy Parker

Newton's Fourth Law: Every action has an equal and opposite satisfaction.

— Dorothy Parker

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