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

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MORE IDEAS FROM A Dorothy Parker Quip for Every Occasion

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

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

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

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“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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“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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“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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