Every year back spring comes, with nasty little birds, yapping their fool heads off.
Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)
Contributed by: Zaady
On sharing space with Robert Benchley while working on "Vanity Fair," magazine: He and I had an office so tiny that an inch smaller and it would have been adultery.
Source: quoted in Malcolm Cowley ed Writers at Work, Viking 1958
On Isadora Duncan: There was never a place for her in the ranks of the terrible, slow army of the cautious. She ran ahead, where there were no paths.
Source: New Yorker, 1928.
On lady novelists: As artists they're rot, but as providers they're oil wells; they gush. Norris said she never wrote a story unless it was fun to do. I understand Ferber whistles at her typewriter.
Source: Interview in Writers at Work (First Series, ed. by Malcolm Cowley, 1958).
Said of her husband on the day their divorce became final: Oh, don't worry about Alan. . . . Alan will always land on somebody's feet.
Source: You Might As Well Live, by John Keats, Pt. IV, Ch. 1, 1970.
On the Yale prom: If all the girls attending it were laid end to end - I wouldn't be at all surprised.
Source: quoted in Alexander Woollcott, While Rome Burns
On writing humor: There must be a magnificent disregard of your reader, for if he cannot follow you, there is nothing you can do about it.
On writing humor: There must be courage; there must be no awe. There must be criticism, for humor, to my mind, is encapsulated in criticism. There must be a disciplined eye and a wild mind.
I'm never going to be famous. I don't do anything, not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more.
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
Source: book review
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