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Oscar Levant quotes

December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972, American actor, author and pianist

I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.
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What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
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There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.
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The worst thing about having a mistress is those two dinners you have to eat.
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It's not what you are, but what you don't become that hurts.
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I never read bad reviews about myself because my best friends invariably tell me about them.
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I don't drink; I don't like it - it makes me feel good.
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The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow
the poor to be corrupt, too.
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So little time and so little to do.
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I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.
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There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
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I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.
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When I appeared before the draft board examiner during World War II, he asked me if I
thought I could kill. "I don't know about strangers," I replied, "but friends, certainly."
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The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.
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Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
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Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.
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I am no more humble than my talents require.
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In some situations I was difficult, in odd moments impossible, in rare moments loathsome,
but at my best unapproachably great.
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I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.
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Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember.
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If you had to do it all over, would you fall in love with yourself again?
Oscar Levant to George Gershwin

I'm controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me.
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Strip away the phoney tinsel of Hollywood and you find the real tinsel underneath.
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I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.
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Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
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It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of
character.
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Leonard Bernstein uses music merely as an accompaniment to his conducting.
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A pun is the lowest form of humour - when you don't think of it first.
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My psychiatrist once said to me, "Maybe life isn't for everyone."
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