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The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence.

Levant Oscar


God helps them that help themselves.

Levant Oscar


Well, don't worry about it... It's nothing.

Oscar Wilde


The meek shall inherit the earth, but *not* its mineral rights.

Oscar Wilde


An old Jewish man reads about Einstein's theory of relativity in the newspaper and asks his scientist grandson to explain it to him. "Well, zayda, it's sort of like this. Einstein says that if you're having your teeth drilled without Novocain, a mi

Wilde Oscar


No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it.

Wilde Oscar


A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Wilde Oscar


It is ridiculous to call this an industry. This is not. This is rat eat rat, dog eat dog. I'll kill 'em, and I'm going to kill 'em before they kill me. You're talking about the American way of survival of the fittest.

Wilde Oscar


As Gen. de Gaulle occassionally acknowledges America to be the daughter of Europe, so I am pleased to come to Yale, the daughter of Harvard.

Wilde Oscar


I'll burn my books.

Wilde Oscar


Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important.

Wilde Oscar


I do desire we may be better strangers.

Wilde Oscar


I'm going to Vietnam at the request of the White House. President Johnson says a war isn't really a war without my jokes.

Wilde Oscar


You can't cheat an honest man. Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump.

Wilde Oscar


While there's life, there's hope.

Wilde Oscar


If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.

Wilde Oscar


Being a miner, as soon as you're too old and tired and sick and stupid to do your job properly, you have to go, where the very opposite applies with the judges.

Wilde Oscar


There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.

Wilde Oscar


I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.

Wilde Oscar


Murray and Esther, a middle-aged Jewish couple, are touring Chile. Murray just got a new camera and is constantly snapping pictures. One day, without knowing it, he photographs a top-secret military installation. In an instant, armed troops surroun

Wilde Oscar


I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.

Wilde Oscar


Working with Julie Andrews is like getting hit over the head with a valentine.

Wilde Oscar


Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.

Wilde Oscar


A political man can have as his aim the realization of freedom, but he has no means to realize it other than through violence.

Wilde Oscar


Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Wilde Oscar


To lead people, you must follow behind.

Wilde Oscar


Several years ago, some smart businessmen had an idea: Why not build a big store where a do-it-yourselfer could get everything he needed at reasonable prices? Then they decided, nah, the hell with that, let's build a home center. And before long ho

Wilde Oscar


In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart.

Wilde Oscar


I'm going to raise an issue and stick it in your ear.

Wilde Oscar


"California is proud to be the home of the freeway."

Wilde Oscar


It's the opinion of some that crops could be grown on the moon. Which raises the fear that it may not be long before we're paying somebody not to.

Wilde Oscar


There is no ox so dumb as the orthodox.

Wilde Oscar


It took a while to surface, but it appears that a long-distance credit card may have saved a U.S. Army unit from heavy casualties during the Grenada military rescue/invasion. Major General David Nichols, Air Force ... said the Army unit was in a hous

Wilde Oscar


France is a country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.

Wilde Oscar


To use violence is to already be defeated.

Wilde Oscar


We should be glad we're living in the time that we are. If any of us had been born into a more enlightened age, I'm sure we would have immediately been taken out and shot.

Wilde Oscar


Indeed, the first noble truth of Buddhism, usually translated as `all life is suffering,' is more accurately rendered `life is filled with a sense of pervasive unsatisfactoriness.'

Wilde Oscar


Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

Wilde Oscar


Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Wilde Oscar


Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Wilde Oscar


The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his Father, in the womb of a virgin will be classified with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and

Wilde Oscar


He who attacks the fundamentals of the American broadcasting industry attacks democracy itself.

o Oscar Levant





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