Oscar Levant

Oscar
Levant
1906
1972

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

Author Quotes

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.

When I was young I looked like Al Capone, but I lacked his compassion.

Schizophrenia beats dining alone.

I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.

I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.

A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.

So little time and so little to do.

In some situations I was difficult, in odd moments impossible, in rare moments loathsome, but at my best unapproachably great.

Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.

It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.

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

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.

I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.

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