The Genius of Dorothy Parker – 10 of her best quotes

by |August 22, 2014

Dorothy Parker was born on this day 121 years ago. She was an extraordinary mind and a wonderful writer, capable of eliciting a giggle from absolutely anyone.

To celebrate her genius we’ve put together 10 of our favourite Parkerisms. Enjoy!

“I hate writing, I love having written.”

“Four be the things I’d have been better without: love, curiosity, freckles and doubt.”

“I require three things in a man: he must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.”

“That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.”

“If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end…I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.”

Dorothy Parker Quotes

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away.”

“Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded
wheelchair.”

“Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.”

Dorothy Parker Quotes

“To me, the most beautiful word in the English language is cellar-door. Isn’t it wonderful? The ones I like, though, are ‘cheque’ and ‘enclosed.'”

“By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying –
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.”

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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