Quotes by: Ben Hecht

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Ben Hecht
Hecht c. 1945
Born (1894-02-28)February 28, 1894
New York City, New York, United States
Died April 18, 1964(1964-04-18) (aged 70)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, journalist
Style Comedy, newspapers, gangster
Spouse(s)
Marie Armstrong (1916–1926; divorced; 1 child) Rose Caylor (1926–1964; his death; 1 child) (1898–1979)

In pre-movie days, the business of peddling lies about life was spotty and unorganized. It was carried on by the cheaper magazines, dime novels, the hinterland preachers and whooping politicians.
Ben Hecht
The rule in the art world is: you cater to the masses or you kowtow to the elite; you can't have both.
Ben Hecht
There's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it.
Ben Hecht
What better is there to sigh for than happiness, yesterday's or tomorrow's.
Ben Hecht
Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos.
Ben Hecht
In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.
Ben Hecht
There are millions of Americans who belong by nature in movie theaters as they belong at political rallies or in fortuneteller parlors and on the shoot-the-chutes. To these millions, the movies are a sort of boon - a gaudier version of religion.
Ben Hecht
Since my boyhood, I have sought always to please, but out of a kindness in me, never out of fear or respect for what was in others.
Ben Hecht
People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.
Ben Hecht
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Ben Hecht
I have lived in other cities but been inside of only one. I once wore all the windows of Chicago and all its doorways on a key ring. Salons, mansions, alleys, courtrooms, depots, factories, hotels, police cells, the lake front, the rooftops and the sidewalks were my haberdashery.
Ben Hecht
Of the 60 movies I wrote, more than half were written in two weeks or less.
Ben Hecht
Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety.
Ben Hecht
I'm a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.
Ben Hecht
Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.
Ben Hecht
I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.
Ben Hecht
A man nearly always loves for other reasons than he thinks. A lover is apt to be as full of secrets from himself as is the object of his love from him.
Ben Hecht
Kindness, tolerance, integrity, modesty, generosity - these are attributes that events permit us. They are our holiday moods, and we are as proud of them as of the fine clothes we have hung away to wear on occasions.
Ben Hecht
Producers are men who will keep their heads in the noisy presence of writers and directors and not be carried away by art in any of its subversive guises. Their task is to guard against the unusual. They are the trusted loyalists of cliche.
Ben Hecht
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