My Go To Woman ~ Dorothy Parker

There’s days when I need Dorothy Parker to entertain me and this is one of them. No matter what, she’ll change the subject, bring a smile, a shake of the head or pure wonderment.

Honesty means nothing until you are tested under circumstances where you are sure you could get away with dishonesty. (Dorothy Parker)


Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. (Dorothy Parker)


Time may be a great healer but it’s a lousy beautician. (Dorothy Parker)


There’s a hell of a difference between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words. (Dorothy Parker)


That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them. Dorothy Parker).





Fun with Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker, who is one of the people I most admire for her brilliant wit, was born on this day in  New Jersey in 1893.

Dorothy Parker Source: Wikipedia
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Source: Wikipedia

No matter what’s going on, a dip into the quotable quotes of Dorothy Parker always makes me chuckle. Here are  a few of my favourites:

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.”

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.”

“What fresh hell is this?”

“Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”

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

“Women and elephants never forget.”

“She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.”

A world without Dorothy Parker would have been so much duller.  Tell me about your favourite quote from her. 

P.S. The quote that was a constant part of my growing up was ‘What fresh hell is this,’ which my late mother would whisper with a glint in her eye when a knock would come at the door just as we were starting a meal or in the middle of watching something special like The Grand National!




‘What Fresh Hell is This?’ ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 228

I’d go as far as to say that I grew up with Dorothy Parker.  Umpteen books of hers lived in the otherwise rather different bookcases of my mother and father and her wit was part of everyday conversation in our house.

Dorothy Parker (1993-1967) Image: Wikipedia
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Image: Wikipedia

Dorothy Parker was born on this day, August 22, in 1893 and I was thinking earlier that she is undoubtedly a person with whom I would have loved to have gone on holidays.  This was a key question that my father would pose about people: But how would you feel about going on holidays with him/her?

Whatever else, there would have been a helluva lot of laughing and play with words and phrases. Dorothy’s life wasn’t a fairy tale by any means but somehow she comes across as being anything but dull.

Here’s a brief sample of Dorothy Parker wit that never fails to make me chuckle!

“I don’t know much about being a millionaire, but I’ll bet I’d be darling at it.” 

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.” 

“I hate writing, I love having written.” 

“Tell him I was too fucking busy– or vice versa.” 

“Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
a medley of extemporanea,
And love is a thing that can never go wrong,
and I am Marie of Romania.”

“I shudder at the thought of men….
I’m due to fall in love again”