''Enjoyed it! One more drink and I'd have been under the host.''
''Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion.''
''Money is only congealed snow.''
''I misremember who first was cruel enough to nurture the cocktail party into life. But perhaps it would be not too much too say, in fact it would be not enough to say, that it was not worth the trouble.''
''... if this world were anything near what it should be there would be no more need of a Book Week than there would be a of a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.''
''Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.''
''I was the toast of two continents: Greenland and Australia.''
''It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes.''
''If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best you can do that kills you.''
''I can't talk about Hollywood. It was a horror to me when I was there and it's a horror to look back on. I can't imagine how I did it. When I got away from it I couldn't even refer to the place by name. "Out there," I called it.''
''That woman speaks eighteen languages and can't say No in any of them.''
''Maybe it is only I, but conditions are such these days, that if you use studiously correct grammar, people suspect you of homosexual tendencies.''
''All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.''
''The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature.''
''Wit has truth in it ... wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.''
''Scratch a lover, and find a foe.''
''It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.''
''Excuse my dust.''
''This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.''
''And there was that wholesale libel on a Yale prom. If all the girls attending it were laid end to end, Mrs. Parker said, she wouldn't be at all surprised.''
''Good work, Mary. We all knew you had it in you.''
''Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.''
''Gratitude—the meanest and most snivelling attribute in the world.''
''The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed."''