Robert Benchley

(1889_1945 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

Robert Benchley Quotes

  • ''Those great ideas which come to you in your sleep just before you awake in morning, those solutions to the world's problems which, in the light of day, turn out to be duds of the puniest order, couldn't they be put to some use, after all?''
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. After 1903What? "Insomnia Cure," Harper & Brothers (1938).
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  • ''There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. It seems to worry them.''
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. After 1903What? "What Does It Mean?" Harper & Brothers (1938).
  • ''The Great Arizona Desert is full of the bleaching bones of people who waited for me to start something.''
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. After 1903What? "Why Are You a Failure?" Harper & Brothers (1938).
  • ''I have often wondered how they manage to get return envelopes which miss, by one-quarter of an inch, fitting the blank you are supposed to return. They say, "Please fill out and return the enclosed envelope," and the enclosed envelope is always one-quarter of an inch too small.''
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. After 1903What? "Nature Lesson," Harper & Brothers (1938).
  • ''At fifteen one is first beginning to realize that everything isn't money and power in this world, and is casting about for joys that do not turn to dross in one's hands.''
    Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. Life magazine (November 27, 1924). Benchley at the Theater, "The Boy Who Grew Up," Ipswich Press (1985).

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