The Portable Dorothy Parker

By Dorothy Parker, Brendan Gill

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This collection ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth century's most quotable authors. This collection ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth century's most quotable authors.

Book details

December 9th 1976 by Penguin Books

(first published May 1944)

Edition Language
English

Quotes From "The Portable Dorothy Parker"

"I won't telephone him. I'll never telephone him again as long as I live. He'll rot in hell, before I'll call him up. You don't have to give me strength, God; I have it myself. If he wanted me, he could get me. He knows where I am. He knows I'm waiting here. He's so sure of me, so sure. I wonder why they hate you, as soon as they are sure of you."
"Men
They hail you as their morning star
Because you are the way you are.
If you return the sentiment,
They'll try to make you different;
And once they have you, safe and sound,
They want to change you all around.
Your moods and ways they put a curse on;
They'd make of you another person.
They cannot let you go your gait;
They influence and educate.
They'd alter all that they admired.
They make me sick, they make me tired."
"You think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine."
"It's not the tragedies that kill us; it's the messes."
"There's life for you. Spend the best years of your life studying penmanship and rhetoric and syntax and Beowulf and George Eliot, and then somebody steals your pencil."
"I'll be the way I was when I first met him. Then maybe he'll like me again. I was always sweet, at first. Oh, it's so easy to be sweet to people before you love them."
"Trapped like a trap in a trap"
"Travel, trouble, music, art, a kiss, a frock, a rhyme --
I never said they feed my heart, but still they pass my time."

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