Dorothy Parker

Literary Birthday – 22 August – Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was born 22 August 1893, and died 7 June 1967.

The Most Memorable Dorothy Parker Quotes

Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful,
Nooses give,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.

  1. This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
  2. Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.
  3. I don’t know much about being a millionaire, but I’ll bet I’d be darling at it.
  4. I hate writing, I love having written.
  5. That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgement.
  6. I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money.
  7. But I don’t give up; I forget why not.
  8. The only ‘ism’ Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.
  9. Living well is the best revenge.

Read about Dorothy Parker’s thoughts on writing here.

Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist. She is the author of The Portable Dorothy Parker.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 22nd August 2012

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  1. She was a great who wrote so many interesting stories. They help a lot in the life as good guide lines.