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“I always expect people to behave much better than I do. When they actually behave worse, I am frankly incredulous.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“That's my answer to the question what is your strongest emotion, if you ever want to ask me: Curiosity, old bean. Curiosity every time.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“The world is wide, wide, wide, and I am young, young, young, and we’re all going to live forever!”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“It's amazing how right you can be about a person you don't know; it's only the people you do know who confuse you.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“Now here's the heavy irony. So I went back to New York to become a librarian. To actually seek out this thing I've been fleeing all my life. and (here it comes): a librarian is just not that easy to become...Apparently there's a whole filing system and annotating system and stamping system and God knows what you have to learn before you qualify.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“The vehemence of my moral indignation surprised me. Was I beginning to have standards and principles, and, oh dear, scruples? What were they, and what would I do with them, and how much were they going to get in my way?”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“It's difficult to explain, but I just somehow feel that I never really *have* lived; that I never really will live--exist or whatever--in the sense that other people do. It drives me crazy. I was terribly aware of it all those nights waiting for you in the Ritz bar looking around at what seemed to be real grown-up lives. I just find everybody else's life surrounded by plate glass. I mean I'd like to break through it just once and actually touch one.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“I don't always understand other people's motives. I will repeat that for my own benefit, if you don't mind. I don't always understand other people's motives.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“What’s the use of remembering anything? If it was unpleasant it was unpleasant and if it was pleasant it’s over.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“It's just that I know the world is so wide and full of people and exciting things that I just go crazy every day stuck in these institutions. I mean if I don't get started soon, how will I get the chance to sharpen my wits? It takes lots of training. You have to start very young.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“[W]hat is always overlooked is that although the poor want to be rich, it does not follow that they either like the rich or that they in any way want to emulate their characters which, in fact, they despise. Both the poor and the rich have always found precisely the same grounds on which to complain about each other. Each feels the other has no manners, is disloyal, corrupt, insensitive - and has never put in an honest day's work in its life.”
Elaine Dundy, Elvis and Gladys
“Oh, Teddy, darling, thank you, thank you, for restoring my cynicism. I was too young to lose it. ”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“It's amazing how right you can sometimes be about a person you don't know; it's only the people you do know who confuse you.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“That's the story of my life. Someone's behavior strikesme as a bit odd and the next thing I know all hell breaks loose.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“I’ve never wanted to meet anyone I’ve been introduced to. I want to meet all the other people.”
Elaine Dundy
“A rowdy bunch on the whole, they were most of them so violently individualistic as to be practically interchangeable.”
Elaine Dundy
“He tried to kiss me. One of the few things that had impressed me in college was a Southern girl’s account o how she avoided being kissed on the doorstep of her house once by wearing a flower in her hair and sticking it in her mouth when she said good night. Only I had no flower.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“[T]he question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don’t we all anyway; might as well get paid for it.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“No matter what you do you've got to try to do it well. Otherwise, it's unbearable.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“[T]wo Americans re-encountering each other after a certain time in a foreign land are supposed to clamber up their nearest lampposts and wait tremblingly for it all to blow over.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“I only did it,' I said, 'now this is going to be the truth, Teddy, I only did it because it seemed to be the glamorous thing to do at the time. It was my ideal of glamour.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“I had nothing better to do, had I, except recount my money and repaint my finger-nails and die of frustration?”
Elaine Dundy, The Old Man and Me
“I felt my attention wandering off. It generally does at the phrase "mere child.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“I soon realized that one of the most important things to find while working in theater was someone to giggle with. To find someone to giggle with I place just below finding someone to flirt with and just above the ability to knit. Those are the only three things to do while waiting to go on. Oh, and crosswords of course, if you can bear them. Anything else breaks the spell.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“I remember a little later wondering why things always turn out to be diametrically opposed to what you expect them to be. It's no good even trying to predict what this opposite will be because it always fools you and turns out to be the opposite of that, if you see what I mean. If you think this is geometrically impossible all I can say is that you don't know my life”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“Boy, this really wasn't one of his days. He just couldn't put a foot right. It was a situation all too familiar to me, this business of setting off on the wrong foot and doggedly remaining there. Only I'd never watched it from the outside before. It was fascinating.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“Thanks for the hint," I laughed. "And thanks for the invitation too. Only I don't know if I can make it - " I stalled automatically, marveling at the strength of my reflex - the never-appear-too-eager one, for of course nothing would have stopped me.”
Elaine Dundy, The Old Man and Me
“I imagined there must be hundreds and thousands and millions of people quiet in the dark out there, waiting with baited breath for me, up on that stage and bathed in colored lights, to say something. I opened my mouth and—hooray—they were going to listen.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“Frequently, walking down the streets in Paris alone, I've suddenly come upon myself in a store window grinning foolishly away at the thought that no one in the world knew where I was at just that moment.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“I mean if I don't get started soon, how will I get the chance to sharpen my wits? It takes alot of training.”
Elaine Dundy

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