George Jean Nathan
It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.
The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.
Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.
I have yet to find a man worth his salt in any direction who did not think of himself first and foremost.
So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater.
An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut.
It is also said of me that I now and then contradict myself. Yes, I improve wonderfully as time goes on.
Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
Criticism is the art of appraising others at one’s own value.
A man’s wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
A man admires a woman not for what she says, but what she listens to.
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.