Dorothy Parker Quotes
''I misremember who first was cruel enough to nurture the cocktail party into life. But perhaps it would be not too much too say, in fact it would be not enough to say, that it was not worth the trouble.''Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humor writer. Esquire (New York, Nov. 1964).
''Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion.''Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Here Lies, "Sentiment," (1939). For the original, see Wordsworth on poetry.
''If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best you can do that kills you.''Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humor writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
''It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes.''Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
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A Very Short Song
Once, when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that is very bad.
Love is for unlucky folk,
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.
If I were mild, and I were sweet,
And laid my heart before your feet,
And took my dearest thoughts to you,
And hailed your easy lies as true;
Were I to murmur "Yes," and then
"How true, my dear," and "Yes," again,
And wear my eyes discreetly down,
And tremble whitely at your frown,
And keep my words unquestioning