Quotes by Oscar Levant

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I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away. more...

You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. (Oscar trying to talk his way out of a speeding ticket) more...

In some situations I was difficult, in odd moments impossible, in rare moments loathsome, but at my best unapproachably great. more...

My last picture for Warners was Romance on the High Seas. It was Doris Day's first picture; that was before she became a virgin. more...

I don't like to play the piano. It makes me too attractive. more...

Now that Marilyn Monroe is kosher, Arthur Miller can eat her. more...

I played an unsympathetic part - myself. more...

I never read bad reviews about myself, because my friends invariably tell me about them. more...

I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients. more...

It's not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts. more...

Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I. more...

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. more...

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. more...

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome. more...

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. more...

Schizophrenia beats dining alone. more...

Once Dwight Eisenhower makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. more...

A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it. more...

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left. more...

Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision. more...

Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you'll find the real tinsel underneath. more...

I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on. more...

There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side. more...

I have no trouble with y enemies. But my god damn friends... they are the ones that keep me walking the floors at night. more...

So little time and so little to do. more...

I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself. more...

I think a lot of Bernstein - but not as much as he does. more...

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. more...

I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy. more...

I am no more humble than my talents require. more...

I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin. more...

Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel. more...

I can remember Doris Day before she was a virgin. more...

I don't drink. I don't like it. It makes me feel good. more...

I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself. more...

I'm controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me more...

Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. - On Dwight D. Eisenhower more...

I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on. more...

An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall. more...

Ballet is the fairies baseball. more...

A pun is the lowest form of humor-when you don't think of it first. more...

When I can't sleep, I read a book by Steve Allen. more...

My psychiatrist once said to me, 'Maybe life isn't for everyone'. more...

I'm a concert pianist, that's a pretentious way of saying I'm unemployed at the moment. more...

I could never have a mistress, because I couldn't bear to tell the story of my life all over again. more...

Self-pity - it's the only pity that counts. more...

I'm a self-made man. Who else would help? more...

[Madame Nhu was] the Sandra Dee of South Vietnam. If I were cast on a desert island with her, I would quickly make friends with the natives. more...

George, if you had to do it all over, would you fall in love with yourself again? more...

Debbie Reynolds is as wistful as an iron foundry. more...

Harpo, she's a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one. more...

Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate. more...

I don't drink liquor. I don't like it. It makes me feel good. more...

Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath. more...

It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts. more...

When I appeared before the draft board examiner during World War II, he asked me if I thought I could kill. "I don't know about strangers," I replied, "but friends, certainly." more...

It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. more...

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

There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. more...

I once said cynically of a politician, He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it. more...

Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. more...

I once said cynically of a politician, 'He'll doublecross that bridge when he comes to it. more...

Talent's like a baby. Wrap it up in wool and it goes to sleep. more...

When I was young I looked like Al Capone, but I lacked his compassion. more...

I never watch the Dinah Shore show- I'm a diabetic. more...

A conductor should reconcile himself to the realization that regardless of his approach or temperament the eventual result is the same-the orchestra will hate him. more...

She has the answer to everything and the solution to nothing. more...

You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. more...

An epigram is a gag that's played Carnegie Hall. more...

It'd be nice to please everyone but I thought it would be more interesting to have a point of view. more...


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