"I went out there [Hollywood] for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday."
("The Man with the Golden Arm")
"I had never been as resigned to ready-made ideas as I was to ready-made clothes, perhaps because although I couldn't sew, I could think."
("Desert of the Heart")
"Even now a team of linguists is at work translating Don Revie's writings on the game [of football] from the original gibberish into Arabic."
English writer, broadcaster
"You cannot fashion a wit out of two half-wits."
"You can never tell what's in a woman's mind,
And if she's from Harlem, there's no use o' tryin'"
W. C. Handy
("Saint Louis Blues")
"Incongruity, they say, is one of the main ingredients of humor. Maybe it's because everybody can feel superior to me. I honestly don't know."
("Sweeping Up the Spotlight")
"It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream."
Benjamin E. Mays
"And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time."
"There are more dead people than living, and their numbers are increasing."