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Dorothy Parker
American critic and humorist
(1893-1967)



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Four be the things I'd be better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
-- "Inventory" (1937)

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.
-- "News Item" (1937)

By the time you say 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.
-- "Unfortunate Coincidence" (1937)

She ran the whole gamut of emotions from A to B.
-- Referring to a Broadway première by Katherine Hepburn in 1933. Attributed.

How do they know?
-- On being told that President Calvin Coolidge had died (1933)

If all the young ladies who attended the Yale promenade dance were laid end to end, no one should be the least surprised.
-- quoted in "Our Mrs. Parker" in While Rome Burns (Alexander Woollcott, 1934)

You know she speaks eighteen languages. And she can't say 'No' in any of them.
-- Quoted in "Our Mrs. Parker" in While Rome Burns (Alexander Woollcott, 1934)

Good work, Mary. We all knew you had it in you.
-- On the arrival of a baby, quoted in "Our Mrs. Parker" in While Rome Burns (Alexander Woollcott, 1934)

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
-- Book review written by Dorothy Parker

Pearls before swine.
-- to Clare Booth Luce, who, going through a door with her, had said: "Age before beauty."


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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