I recently discovered the quotes of H.L. Mencken. He’s absolutely brilliant. I can’t believe that in my 34 years, I hadn’t seen a list of his quotes. It makes me wonder who else’s quotes have eluded me thus far. So, do you have a favorite quote-originator? Who?, and give an example or two.
I love a good quote. Dorothy Parker could write some real gems… many of which are in a Barbed Quotes book I recently purchased.
My favorite quote that immediately leaps to mind is from Red Skelton. Large crowds at the funeral of a despised studio head prompted him to say “It just goes to show you if you give the people want they want, they’ll come out.”
"With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.”
“Still, looking forward through this intermediate stage, to the time when there should be a perfect sympathy between Dora and me, and when I should have ‘formed her mind’ to my entire satisfaction, I persevered, even for months. Finding at last, however, that, although I had been all this time a very porcupine or hedgehog, bristling all over with determination, I had effected nothing, it began to occur to me that perhaps Dora’s mind was already formed.”
See, these two pompous, faux-modest quotes of hers always annoyed the hell out of me:
“Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.”
“Acting is the perfect idiot’s profession.”
It was an easy profession for her: she breezed into New York with perfect bone structure and her family’s money, and didn’t have to wait tables or work at Woolworth’s like other young actresses. And frankly, Katharine Hepburn wasn’t even a good actress till the 1940s.
There was much that was admirable about her, but bad-mouthing her profession wasn’t one of them.