10 witty words from the writer on the occasion of his 128th birthday


Legendary author and poet Dorothy Parker would have been 128 on Sunday if she were alive.

Parker, born August 22, 1893, began her writing career as a teenager. She has written for numerous publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and later The New Yorker, according to her biography on the Dorothy Parker Society website.

She published nearly 300 free poems and verses in various publications, and in 1926 her first volume of poetry became a bestseller. In the 1930s Parker joined forces with the Communist Party and supported causes such as the struggle for civil rights. Because of this, she was blacklisted from Hollywood.

She died in 1967 and bequeathed her entire estate to the Martin Luther King Foundation, Jr ..

Here are some witty quotes from the legend, courtesy of Good Reads and Bookriot:

1. “It would be a good thing for them to cut on my gravestone: everywhere she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.”

2. “Beauty is only superficial, but ugliness goes to the bone.”

3. “It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the damage.”

4. “For me the most beautiful word in the English language is cell-door. Isn’t that wonderful? The ones I love, however, are ‘check’ and ‘locked up’.”

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

6. “I’m not a writer with a drinking problem, I’m a drinker with a writing problem.”

7. “What if my heart is scarred and burnt, / Most secure me for all that I have learned.”

8. “Now I know what I know and I do what I do; and if you don’t love me like that, to hell with you, my love! “

9. “Don’t look at me with that tone of voice.”

10. “I hate to write, I love to have written.”

American journalist, writer and spirit Dorothy Parker in a restaurant. with her husband, Alan Campbell. Photo: Evening Standard / Getty Images

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