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A Dorothy Parker Quip for Every Occasion

A Dorothy Parker Quip for Every Occasion

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Dorothy Parker's Quips are Like Candy

Dorothy Parker's Quips are Like Candy

Parker’s columns are like candy: read one—even a review of a book you’ve never heard of, it doesn’t matter—and you’ll be compelled to read the next. Unlike candy, however, these are not bad for you. Neither is anything else she wrote. As for her martini-fueled insults, well, the jury’s out. Either way, I am writing to encourage you to memorize some of her excellent quippage to use at your earliest convenience. 


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For buying lottery tickets:

“I hate almost all rich people, but I think I’d be darling at it.” (The Paris Review )  


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For Friday nights:

“It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the messes. I can’t stand messes.” (The Paris Review )  


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For standing in the corner at parties:

“Their pooled emotions wouldn’t fill a teaspoon.” (quoted in Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker )  


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For missing your deadline, answering emails, calling people back, etc.:

“Too fucking busy and vice versa.” (quoted in The Unimportance of Being Oscar by Oscar Levant)  


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For being asked for writing advice:

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style . The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” (originally published in a review in Esquire , 1959)  


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For riding the subway in New York City:

“Not just plain terrible. This was fancy terrible; this was terrible with raisins in it.” (quoted in Chimes of Change and Hours by Audrey Borenstein)


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For chiding that one friend who makes too many dumb jokes:

“There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.” (The Paris Review )  


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