Quotations From W.C FIELDS

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  • If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
    W.C. Fields (1879-1946), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, ed. John Walker (1995).
  • You must come down with me after the show to the lumber yard and ride piggy-back on the buzz saws.
    W.C. Fields, U.S. screenwriter, George Marshall, and Eddie Cline. Larsen E. Whipsnade (W.C. Fields), You Can't Cheat an Honest Man, response to an insult from ventriloquist's dummy Charlie McCarthy (the voice of Edgar Bergen) (1939). This is indicative of the famed W.C. Fields/Charlie McCarthy "feud" that was popular with radio and movie audiences of the day. Fields' old friend Eddie Cline was the uncredited director for all the comedian's scenes.
  • Never give a sucker an even break.
    W.C. Fields (1879-1946), U.S. actor. Poppy (film) (1936). Fields is earlier reported to have uttered these words on stage in the musical Poppy (1923), though the phrase does not appear in the libretto. Fields made the film Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. The words have also been attributed to Edward Francis Albee.
  • I never vote for anyone. I always vote against.
    W.C. Fields (1879-1946), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
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