Quotes by Oscar Levant

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Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 - August 14, 1972) was an American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and an actor, better known for his mordant character and witticisms, on the radio and in movies and television, than his music.

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

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.
There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.
Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. [On Dwight D. Eisenhower]
Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.
Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.
I once said cynically of a politician, Hell double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.

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