Oscar Levant

Oscar
Levant
1906
1972

Concert Pianist, Composer, Author, Comedian and Actor on Radio, Movies and Television

Author Quotes

I think a lot of Bernstein - but not as much as he does.

The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

I?m a concert pianist. That?s a pretentious way of saying I?m unemployed at the moment.

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.

I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.

There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.

A pun is the lowest form of humor - when you don't think of it first.

I'm controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me .

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.

An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.

I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility - there are so few of us left.

Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel.

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

When I can't sleep, I read a book by Steve Allen.

Hypochondria, manic depression and addictions.

I've been around so long, I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.

You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. [explaining his way out of a speeding ticket]

I am no more humble than my talents require.

I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.

You know, when you're suffering from deep depression, you cannot make a decision. I first had deep apathy, then relapsed into deep depression. Gee, how I long for those deep apathy days.

I can remember Doris Day before she was a virgin.

My last picture for Warner?s was Romance on the High Seas. It was Doris Day's first picture; that was before she became a virgin.

I don't drink. I don't like it, it makes me feel good.

Author Picture
First Name
Oscar
Last Name
Levant
Birth Date
1906
Death Date
1972
Bio

Concert Pianist, Composer, Author, Comedian and Actor on Radio, Movies and Television