Fran Lebowitz

(1950 / Morristown, New Jersey)

Fran Lebowitz Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "Parental Guidance," Social Studies (1981).
  • ''The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "People," Social Studies (1981).
  • ''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).
  • ''If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater ... suggest that he wear a tail.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "Pointers for Pets," Social Studies (1981).
  • ''... those who use the word "lifestyle" are rarely in possession of either.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Social Studies, ch. 17 (1981).
  • ''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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