Quotations by Wagner, Jane


The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.

Jane Wagner (b. 1935) American humorist, writer, director
(Attributed)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.

Jane Wagner (b. 1935) American humorist, writer, director
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985) [perf. Lily Tomlin]

Variant: "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up."
Added on 24-Aug-09 | Last updated 1-Aug-11
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It’s my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.

Jane Wagner (b. 1935) American humorist, writer, director
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985) [perf. Lily Tomlin]

Variant: "Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain."
Added on 12-Mar-12 | Last updated 12-Mar-12
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What is reality anyway? It’s nothing but a collective hunch.

Jane Wagner (b. 1935) American humorist, writer, director
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985) [perf. Lily Tomlin]

Variant: "Reality is a collective hunch."
Added on 9-Apr-12 | Last updated 3-Dec-12
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The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

Jane Wagner (b. 1935) American humorist, writer, director
Material written for Lily Tomlin

Quoted by Tomlin in "Thoughts on the Business of Life," Forbes (4 Mar 1991)
Added on 23-May-11 | Last updated 23-May-11
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