Ruth Gordon


Ruth Gordon Quotes

  • ''The kiss. There are all sorts of kisses, lad, from the sticky confection to the kiss of death. Of them all, the kiss of an actress is the most unnerving. How can we tell if she means it or if she's just practicing?''
    Ruth Gordon (1896-1985), U.S. playwright, actor. Benjy, in The Leading Lady, act 2 (1948).
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  • ''Nothing dates one so dreadfully as to think someplace is uptown.... At our age one must be watchful of these conversational gray hairs.''
    Ruth Gordon (1896-1985), U.S. playwright, actor. Clyde, in The Leading Lady, act 1 (1948).
  • ''To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up. Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself. A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never—I repeat—never under any conditions face the facts.''
    Ruth Gordon (1896-1985), U.S. playwright, actor. "Myself Among Others," Myself Among Others (1970).

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The Fireman

He walked with calm and grace
Into the burning blaze
He was a liar
When talking about the fire
Of course it scared him
Almost to the brim

But still he made it in
With fears and a grin

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