Quotations From FRAN LEBOWITZ

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  • 11.
    The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "People," Social Studies (1981).
  • 12.
    Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "People," Social Studies (1981).

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  • 13.
    The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 1 (1978).
  • 14.
    One [New York] eatery is a remodeled diner that looks like what Busby Berkeley would have done if only he hadn't had the money.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 2 (1978). Berkeley (1895-1976) produced elaborate, greatly overdecorated musical numbers for many Hollywood films of the 1930s.

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  • 15.
    Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good reason not to play football.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 4 (1978). In a critical discussion of "women's" magazines.

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  • 16.
    Radio news is bearable. This is due to the fact that while the news is being broadcast the disc jockey is not allowed to talk.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "No News Is Bearable," Metropolitan Life (1978).
  • 17.
    Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Social Studies, ch. 1 (1981).

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  • 18.
    Polite conversation is rarely either.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Social Studies, ch. 1 (1981).
  • 19.
    ... those who use the word "lifestyle" are rarely in possession of either.
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Social Studies, ch. 17 (1981).
  • 20.
    Designer clothes worn by children are like snowsuits worn by adults. Few can carry it off successfully.
    Fran Lebowitz (20th century), U.S. journalist and humorist. The Fran Lebowitz Reader, "Parental Guidance," (1994).

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