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“There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”
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“I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.”
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“The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.”
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“Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.”
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“What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.”
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“Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember.”
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“Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.”
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“It's not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts.”
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“A pun is the lowest form of humor—when you don't think of it first.”
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tags: humor, pun
“Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.”
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“Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.”
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“So little time and so little to do.”
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tags: humor
“I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.”
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“In some situations I was difficult, in odd moments impossible, in rare moments loathsome, but at my best unapproachably great.”
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“I'm controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me”
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“You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. (Oscar trying to talk his way out of a speeding ticket)”
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“First I brush my teeth and then I sharpen my tongue.”
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“Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.”
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“There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.”
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“On Ira Gershwin:
I remember when he was given the manuscript of a novel written by a woman friend who had hopes of having it published. To his astonishment it turned out to be the dirtiest, most pornographic book he had ever read. When the lady mentioned that she intended to use a nom de plume, Ira suggested she call herself Henrietta Miller.”
Oscar Levant, The Unimportance Of Being Oscar
tags: humor
“When I can't sleep, I read a book by Steve Allen.”
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“It'd be nice to please everyone but I thought it would be more interesting to have a point of view.”
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“I've changed, I'm nice to people and I'm not so self-centered. What I'm trying to do now is think of the other person. The only trouble is, I've found that the other person thinks only of himself.”
Oscar Levant, Memoirs of an Amnesiac
“I envy people who drink — at least they know what to blame everything on.”
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“Ballet is the faeries' baseball”
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“It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.”
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