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It is not the critic who counts, or how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives vali

Levant Oscar


If you cannot in the long run tell everyone what you have been doing, your doing was worthless.

Levant Oscar


"... all the modern inconveniences ..."

Oscar Wilde


Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.

Oscar Wilde


We should have a Vollyballocracy. We elect a six-pack of presidents. Each one serves until they screw up, at which point they rotate.

Wilde Oscar


The Russians have put a small ball up in the air. That does not raise my apprehensions one iota.

Wilde Oscar


We were so poor we couldn't afford a watchdog. If we heard a noise at night, we'd bark ourselves.

Wilde Oscar


A woman who is guided by the head and not by the heart is a social pestilence: she has all the defects of the passionate and affectionate woman, with none of her compensations; she is without pity, without love, without virtue, without sex.

Wilde Oscar


Plots are like girdles. Hidden, they hold your interest; revealed, they're of no interest except to fetishists. Like girdles, they attempt to contain an uncontainable experience.

Wilde Oscar


Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

Wilde Oscar


A violent man will die a violent death.

Wilde Oscar


When, in 1964, New Hampshire Republican Senator Norris Cotton announced his support of Bary Goldwater in his state's primary election, he was questioned as to whether this indicated a change of his hitherto "liberal" political views. "Well," expla

Wilde Oscar


Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

Wilde Oscar


Everybody has something to conceal.

Wilde Oscar


It has been observed that one's nose is never so happy as when it is thrust into the affairs of another, from which some physiologists have drawn the inference that the nose is devoid of the sense of smell.

Wilde Oscar


Live fast, die young, and leave a flat patch of fur on the highway!

Wilde Oscar


Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.

Wilde Oscar


Two wrongs are only the beginning.

Wilde Oscar


Never have so many understood so little about so much.

Wilde Oscar


It was the next morning that the armies of Twodor marched east laden with long lances, sharp swords, and death-dealing hangovers. The thousands were led by Arrowroot, who sat limply in his sidesaddle, nursing a whopper. Goodgulf, Gimlet, and the r

Wilde Oscar


Most people have a furious itch to talk about themselves and are restrained only by the disinclination of others to listen. Reserve is an artificial quality that is developed in most of us as the result of innumerable rebuffs.

Wilde Oscar


The man who runs may fight again.

Wilde Oscar


Then a man said: Speak to us of Expectations. He then said: If a man does not see or hear the waters of the Jordan, then he should not taste the pomegranate or ply his wares in an open market. If a man would not labour in the salt and rock quarri

Wilde Oscar


Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Wilde Oscar


Plus ,ca change, plus c'est la m^eme chose. [The more things change, the more they remain the same.]

Wilde Oscar


The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.

Wilde Oscar


Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

Wilde Oscar


Nothing endures but change.

Wilde Oscar


Honesty's the best policy.

Wilde Oscar


Sometimes I get the feeling that I went to a party on Perry Lane in 1962, and the party spilled out of the house, and came down the street, and covered the world.

Wilde Oscar


Piece of cake!

Wilde Oscar


The major sin is the sin of being born.

Wilde Oscar


Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

Wilde Oscar


An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.

Wilde Oscar


In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

Wilde Oscar


Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.

Wilde Oscar


Go slowly to the entertainments of thy friends, but quickly to their misfortunes.

Wilde Oscar


If a man slept by day, he had little time to work. That was a satisfying notion to Escargot.

Wilde Oscar


It is enough to make one sympathize with a tyrant for the determination of his courtiers to deceive him for their own personal ends...

Wilde Oscar


So many men, so many opinions; every one his own way.

Wilde Oscar


The more the merrier.

Wilde Oscar


Mum's the word.

o Oscar Levant





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Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Flaubert

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o Oscar Levant
 
 
 
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