Robert Charles Benchley Quotes


16 Robert Charles Benchley quotes:



"The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps."
"There is a note in the front of the volume saying that no public reading may be given without first getting the author's permission. It ought to be made much more difficult to do than that."
"It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous."
"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous."
"After an author has been dead for some time, it becomes increasingly difficult for his publishers to get a new book out of him each year."
"Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he's supposed to be doing at the moment."
"Anyone who tries to keep track of what is happening in China is going to end up by wearing all the skin of his left ear from twirling around on it."
"At fifteen one is first beginning to realize that everything isn't money and power in this world, and is casting about for joys that do not turn to dross in one's hands."
"In a house where there are small children the bathroom soon takes on the appearance of the Old Curiosity Shop."
"Most of the arguments to which I am a party fall somewhat short of being impressive, owing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about."
"Nothing makes a man feel older than to hear a band coming up the street and not to have the impulse to rush downstairs and out on to the sidewalk."
"Other men wear white suits in summer and it doesn't seem to bother them. But my white suit seems to be a little whiter than theirs. I think also that it may have something written on the back of it, although I can't find it when I take the suit off."
"There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. It seems to worry them."
"We are constantly being surprised that people did things well before we were born."
"We call ourselves a free nation, and yet we let ourselves be told what cabs we can and can't take by a man at a hotel door, simply because he has a drum major's uniform on."
"You might think that after thousands of years of coming up too soon and getting frozen, the crocus family would have had a little sense knocked into it."



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