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Dorothy Parker

(22 August 1893 - 7 June 1967 / Long Branch / New Jersey)

Quotations

  • ''Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
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  • ''Gratitude—the meanest and most snivelling attribute in the world.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''I can't talk about Hollywood. It was a horror to me when I was there and it's a horror to look back on. I can't imagine how I did it. When I got away from it I couldn't even refer to the place by name. "Out there," I called it.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. repr. in The Portable Dorothy Parker, pt. 2 (1944, revised 1973). "Mrs. Post Enlarges on Etiquette," The New Yorker (December 31, 1927).
  • ''Enjoyed it! One more drink and I'd have been under the host.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Quoted in The Algonquin Wits, ed. Robert E. Drennan (1968). On being asked whether she had enjoyed a party.
  • ''This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humor writer. Quoted in The Algonquin Wits, ed. Robert E. Drennan (1968). Book review.
  • ''Good work, Mary. We all knew you had it in you.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Quoted in While Rome Burns, "Our Mrs. Parker," Alexander Woollcott (1934). Telegram to a friend who had just become a mother after a prolonged pregnancy.
  • ''Excuse my dust.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Quoted in While Rome Burns, "Our Mrs. Parker," Alexander Woollcott (1934). Suggested epitaph.
  • ''And there was that wholesale libel on a Yale prom. If all the girls attending it were laid end to end, Mrs. Parker said, she wouldn't be at all surprised.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Quoted in While Rome Burns, "Our Mrs. Parker," Alexander Woollcott (1934).

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Recurrence

We shall have our little day.
Take my hand and travel still
Round and round the little way,
Up and down the little hill.

It is good to love again;
Scan the renovated skies,
Dip and drive the idling pen,
Sweetly tint the paling lies.

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