Paul Krugman picWith that whole Paul Krugman/ child pornography story it’s been a weird week, so how about another listicle to start the weekend? Balladeer’s Blog will be posting plenty of Top 20 lists in 2020. Here are 20 Quotes from playwright, gold-miner, gambler and businessman Wilson Mizner.

Wilson Mizner“If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.”

“Life’s a tough proposition and the 1st hundred years are the hardest.”

“I’ve had several years in Hollywood and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience.”

“A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.”

“Hollywood is a trip through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat.”

“Many a live wire would be a dead one except for his connections.”

“A good listener is not only popular everywhere but after awhile he gets to know something.”

“You sparkle with larceny.”

“Some of the greatest love affairs I’ve known involved one actor, unassisted.”

“Treat a whore like a lady and a lady like a whore.”

“He’s so thin he’s a trellis for varicose veins.”

“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet ’em on your way down.”  

“A fellow who is always declaring he’s no fool usually has his suspicions.”

“The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn’t been asleep.”

“Failure has gone to his head.”

“He’d steal a hot stove and come back for the smoke.”

” You’re a mouse studying to be a rat.” (Insert your own Disney Corporation joke here.)

“Another pot of coffee, waiter, and bring it under your arm to keep it warm.”

“If that radio announcer doesn’t get off the air, I’ll stop breathing it.”

“I respect faith but doubt is what gets you an education.” 



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  1. Cara

    “He’s so thin he’s a trellis for varicose veins.” LOL Oh no!

    Every time I have to comfort myself after eating a lot of ice cream or some such thing, I imagine myself really horrifying skinny, protruding ribs and face bones and hanging skin and wrinkled skin on my almost skeleton hands and fingers, and I shudder and tell myself, I’m so much better off not being like that. It’s worth the effort it takes to be fat, just not to be like that. Anything but that.

  2. Des

    All great quotes! I think the one about the glass-bottom boat is my favorite, perfect for this week.

  3. G Santorelli

    He sounds like a clever man!

  4. Mark

    Your lists are usually better than this.

  5. Kathy

    He knew Hollywood!

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