Robert Benchley citáty
Datum narození: 15. září 1889
Datum úmrtí: 21. listopad 1945
Další jména: Robert Charles Benchley
Robert Benchley byl americký humorista a herec.
Citáty Robert Benchley
Originál: (en) In America there are two classes of travel — first class and with children.
Zdroj: [Benchley, Robert, 1954, The Benchley Roundup, University of Chicago Press, 61, anličtina, 978-0-22604-218-3]
Zdroj: "Quick Quotations" in My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (1936)
Kontext: The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. That remark in itself wouldn’t make any sense if quoted as it stands.
„The English language may hold a more disagreeable combination of words than "The doctor will see you now."“
"The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, and Nothing but the Tooth", in Love Conquers All (1922)
Kontext: The English language may hold a more disagreeable combination of words than "The doctor will see you now." I am willing to concede something to the phrase "Have you anything to say before the current is turned on?" That may be worse for the moment, but it doesn't last so long. For continued, unmitigating depression, I know nothing to equal "The doctor will see you now." But I'm not narrow-minded about it. I'm willing to consider other possibilities.
„Nine-tenths of the value of a sense of humor in writing is not in the things it makes one write but in the things it keeps one from writing.“
LIFE magazine (8 March 1929)
Kontext: Nine-tenths of the value of a sense of humor in writing is not in the things it makes one write but in the things it keeps one from writing. It is especially valuable in this respect in serious writing, and no one without a sense of humor should ever write seriously. For without knowing what is funny, one is constantly in danger of being funny without knowing it.
„It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.“
Quoted in Robert Benchley (1955) by Nathaniel Benchley, ch. 1
As quoted in With Truth as Our Sword (2005) by C E Sylvester, p. 205
Zdroj: "Kiddie-Kar Travel", Pluck and Luck (1925) http://books.google.com/books?id=ODtLAAAAIAAJ&q=%22In+America+there+are+two+classes+of+travel+first+class+and+with+children%22&pg=PA6#v=onepage; also in D.A.C. News http://www.dacnews.com/, September 1923 http://books.google.com/books?id=uLl9ULzkvikC&q=%22Kiddie+kar+travel%22&pg=PA27#v=onepage
"Your Boy and His Dog," Liberty magazine, (30 July 1932)
Also published in Chips Off the Old Benchley http://books.google.com/books?id=1-gHw9bqQqAC&q=%22A+dog+teaches+a+boy+fidelity+perseverance+and+to+turn+around+three+times+before+lying+down%22&pg=PA94#v=onepage (1949)
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„Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.“
Quoted in The Algonquin Wits, (1968) by R E Drennan, p. 5
„There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't.“
Vanity Fair (February 1920)
Varianta: There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not.
Kontext: There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not. Both classes are extremely unpleasant to meet socially, leaving practically no one in the world whom one cares very much to know.
„I am more the inspirational type of speller. I work on hunches rather than mere facts, and the result is sometimes open to criticism by purists.“
My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (1936)
„A baby is shown sitting on the floor. He appears to be about a year and a half old. Incidentally, he is a very plain baby. Strewn about him on the floor are the toys that he has been playing with. There are a ball, a rattle, a ring, a doll, a bell and a pair of roller-skates. Evidently, the candidate is supposed to be aghast at the roller-skates in the possession of such a small child.
The man who drew that picture had evidently never furnished playthings for a small child. I can imagine nothing that would delight a child of a year and a half more than a pair of roller-skates to chew and spin and hit himself in the face with. They could also be dropped on Daddy when Daddy was lying on the floor in an attempt to be sociable. Of all the toys arranged before the child, the roller-skates are the most logical. … That is my great trouble in taking tests and examinations of any kind. I always want to argue with the examiner, because the examiner is always so obviously wrong.“
"Measure Your Mind", in Love Conquers All (1922)
„I don’t want to be an alarmist, but I think that the Younger Generation is up to something…. I base my apprehension on nothing more definite than the fact that they are always coming in and going out of the house, without any apparent reason.“
"The Children’s Hour" in My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (1936)
„I can’t quite define my aversion to asking questions of strangers. From snatches of family battles which I have heard drifting up from railway stations and street corners, I gather that there are a great many men who share my dislike for it, as well as an equal number of women who … believe it to be the solution to most of this world’s problems.“
"Ask That Man" in Pluck and Luck (1925)
Quoted by James Thurber in The Bermudian (November 1950)
Spoken to Ginger Rogers in the film, The Major and the Minor (1942)