Quotations From JEAN KERR


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  • Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. Felicia, in Finishing Touches, act 3.

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  • Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. Jeff, in Finishing Touches, act 1.

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  • Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. Mary, in Mary, Mary, act 1.
  • I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," The Snake Has All the Lines (1958).

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  • I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin- deep. That's deep enough. What do you want—an adorable pancreas?
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," The Snake Has All the Lines (1958).

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  • Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. Sydney, in Poor Richard, act 1.

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  • Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. "The Ten Worst Things About a Man," The Snake Has All the Lines (1958).

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  • Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speak by something outside himself—like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. The Snake Has All the Lines, Doubleday (1960).

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  • You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.
    Jean Kerr (b. 1923), U.S. author, playwright. Sydney, in Poor Richard, act 1.

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