Paddy Chayefsky

(1923-1981 / The Bronx, New York City, New York)

Paddy Chayefsky Quotes

  • ''I'm afraid to look in the mirror. I'm afraid I'm going to see an old lady with white hair, just like the old ladies in the park. A little bundle in a black shawl just waiting for the coffin.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter. Catherine (Augusta Ciolli), Marty (1955).
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  • ''I'm not sentimental about war. I see nothing noble in widows.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Arthur Hiller. Charlie Madison (James Garner), The Americanization of Emily (1964). Based On The Novel By William Bradford Huie.
  • ''You British plundered half the world for your own profit. Let's not pass it off as the Age of Enlightenment.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Arthur Hiller. Charlie Madison (James Garner), The Americanization of Emily (1964). Based on the novel by William Bradford Huie.
  • ''It's always the generals with the bloodiest records who are the first to shout what a hell it is. And it's always the war widows who lead the Memorial Day parades.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Arthur Hiller. Charlie Madison (James Garner), The Americanization of Emily (1964). Based On The Novel By William Bradford Huie.
  • ''I wouldn't interfere with the actual news itself, but TV is show biz, Max, and even the news has to have a little showmanship.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Sidney Lumet. Diana Christenson (Faye Dunaway), Network (1976).
  • ''I'm a man without a corporation.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Sidney Lumet. Hackett (Robert Duvall), Network, on being fired (1976).
  • ''This is not a psychotic episode. This is a cleansing moment of clarity.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Sidney Lumet. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), Network, to a friend concerned about Beale's behavior (1976).
  • ''I'm your wife, damn it. And if you can't work up a winter passion for me, the least I require is respect and allegiance.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Sidney Lumet. Louise (Beatrice Straight), Network, to her husband (1976).
  • ''You're not such a dog as you think you are.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter. Marty (Ernest Borgnine), Marty, to his date, Clara (Betsy Blair) (1955).
  • ''All my brothers, my brothers-in-law, they're always telling me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don't get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you get to be a real professor of pain.''
    Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter. Marty (Ernest Borgnine), Marty (1955).

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