Happy Birthday — A Day Late — to Dorothy Parker

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Dorothy Parker, one of the great wits of the 20th Century, was born 122 years (and one day) ago, on 22 August 1893.   Some words of wisdom from Mrs Parker:

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style.  The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.”

“You can’t take it with you, and even if you did, it would probably melt.”

“This wasn’t just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.”

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.”

“That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.”

“It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.”


 “By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying –
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.”

 

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