Quotations by Parker, Dorothy


Love is like quicksilver in the hand, Sylvie. Leave the fingers open and it stays in the palm; clutch it, and it darts away.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
“Advice to the Little Peyton Girl,” Modern Story (Oct 1935)

 

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I think, no matter where you be,
You’ll hold me in your memory
And keep my image, there without me,
By telling later loves about me.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
“But Not Forgotten”
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Now I know the things I know,
And do the things I do;
and if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you!

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
“Indian Summer,” Enough Rope (1926)
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Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful,
Nooses give,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
“Résumé” (1926)
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I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound — if I can remember any of the damn things.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
“The Little Hours,” Here Lies (1939)
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This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
(Attributed)

Quoted in The Algonquin Wits (1968) ed. by Robert E. Drennan. The novel was Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.
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I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have the money.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
(Attributed)
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If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
(Attributed)
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This is on me.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
(Attributed)

Proposed epitaph for herself. In Robert E. Drennan, ed., "Dorothy Parker," The Algonquin Wits (1968)

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It’s not the tragedies that kill us. It’s the messes.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
(Attributed)

Recalled at Parker's funeral by Lillian Hellman.
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I’d love to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
With three I’m under the table,
With four I’m under my host.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
(Attributed)

Variant:
I like to have a Martini
But only two at the most,
After three I'm under the table,
After four I'm under my host.
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Take me or leave me; or, as in the usual order of things, both.

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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
New Yorker (4 Feb 1928)
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Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
Not So Deep as a Well, “Comment” (1937)
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Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
Caption, Vogue (1916)

Quoted and attributed in Alexander Woollcott, While Rome Burns (1934). Modeled after Shakespeare.
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You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
In Robert E. Drennan, ed., “Dorothy Parker,” The Algonquin Wits (1968)
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Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) American writer
Interview, Writers at Work, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958)
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