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Quotes of the Day for 22 August 2003 – Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Rothschild was born at West End, New Jersey on this day in 1893. She didn't enjoy life, and made a reputation for bitter commentary of great style and wit. For most of her life, her work was welcomed by the public and editors, although she was fired at Vanity Fair for her harsh criticism of Broadway productions. In addition to Vanity Fair, she wrote for Vogue, the New Yorker, Life, the Saturday Evening Post, and Esquire. She won an Oscar for the screenplay for A Star Is Born. Despite being one of the most quoted writers in America, she struggled with alcohol and depression, and attempted suicide four times. But she left us a wealth of great quotes.

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The quotes:

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

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

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 Roumania.

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.

This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be hurled with great force.

The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed."
     - All from Dorothy Parker, 1893 - 1967

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