Oscar Levant Quotes

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Oscar Levant

from the trailer for
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Born (1906-12-27)December 27, 1906
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died August 14, 1972(1972-08-14) (aged 65)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Years active 1923–1965
Spouse(s) Barbara Woodell (1932–1932; divorced)
Doris Gilmartin; 1939–1972, his death; 3 children)

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
Oscar Levant
Once Dwight Eisenhower makes up his mind, he's full of indecision.
Schizophrenia beats dining alone.
I have no trouble with y enemies. But my god damn friends… they are the ones that keep me walking the floors at night.
Oscar Levant
I don't drink. I don't like it. It makes me feel good.
Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
I think a lot of Bernstein - but not as much as he does.
I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.
I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
I am no more humble than my talents require.
Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you'll find the real tinsel underneath.
Oscar Levant
Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.
Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel.
So little time and so little to do.
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.
Oscar Levant
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Oscar Levant
I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.
I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.
The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.
Oscar Levant
There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.
I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.