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“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader
“In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra. ”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness and death.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“I love sleep because it is both pleasant and safe to use. Pleasant because one is in the best possible company and safe because sleep is the consummate protection against the unseemliness that is the invariable consequence of being awake. What you don't know won't hurt you. Sleep is death without the responsibility.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life/Social Studies
“Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw. ”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
tags: love
“My favorite animal is steak.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“Your life story would not make a good book. Don’t even try.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
tags: humor
“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
tags: pets
“I believe in talking behind peoples' backs. That way, they hear it more than once.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life/Social Studies
tags: humor
“I prefer dead writers because you don't run into them at parties.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
tags: talk
“If your sexual fantasies were truly of interest to others, they would no longer be fantasies.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“To lose yourself in a book is the desire of the bookworm. I mean to be taken. That is my desire.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“I must take issue with the term 'a mere child,' for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
tags: humor
“If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life/Social Studies
“Now, nature, as I am only too aware, has her enthusiasts, but on the whole, I am not to be counted among them. To put it bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications. ”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
tags: humor
“Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“There's no such thing as advice to the lovelorn. If they took advice, they wouldn't be lovelorn.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader
“There is one thing that has disappeared, not just from the U.S. but from the entire world, is the idea of ever being embarrassed by anything.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“polite conversation is rarely either”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz
“All the time I'm not writing I feel like a criminal. It's horrible to feel felonious every second of the day. It's much more relaxing to actually write.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz

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