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.
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!