A LARK IN THE PARK-ER

Today, I’m in the mood to quote that great wit, Dorothy Parker. Actually, I was in the mood to do so yesterday (her birthday), but my computer wasn’t. No big deal —  better great than never, I always never say.

I’ve quoted Dorothy Parker (Aug. 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) on several occasions, including in a Speak Without Interruption post of 6/7/12 titled DAYS OF THE ROUND TABLE, which, like yours truly, has somehow managed to survive to this day. I also recall writing a related SWI article on the ALGONQUIN HOTEL/ROUND TABLE (the group which included Dorothy Parker), but I don’t know if it’s survived. I haven’t the heart to search and find it missing.

Anyway, for those interested, a Google search will reveal much more on the Algonquin, so without further ado, I give you Dorothy Parker:

Asked to describe her Bucks County farm in two words: “Want it?”

“That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.”

“It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.”

“You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.”

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”

“How can they tell?” – on hearing that Calvin (“Silent Cal”) Coolidge had died.

Epitaphs she suggested at various times for her tombstone:

EXCUSE MY DUST

THIS IS ON ME

WHEREVER SHE WENT, INCLUDING HERE, IT WAS AGAINST HER BETTER JUDGMENT

One of the three made it. Care to guess which?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 comments on “A LARK IN THE PARK-ER

  1. I love your work. It would mean the world if you checked out my cartoons and to give your opinion? Thank you so much

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    • mistermuse says:

      Lawrence, thanks for the kind words. I’ll be glad to check out your site and comment there tomorrow, though there appears to be at least 50 years difference in our ages, so I may not be an appropriate “critic” for your cartoons.

      “See you” then.

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  2. arekhill1 says:

    I don’t attempt to guess anything which can easily be Googled anymore, Sr. Muse, lest my vast store of native knowledge be questioned. My personal favorite quote from the late, great DP is “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.”

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  3. mistermuse says:

    I also love that DP quote, Ricardo. As for the epitaph guess, I’ll save all my millions, if not billions, of readers the trouble of looking it up – the answer is EXCUSE MY DUST.

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  4. Google just told me I guessed right. I’m so awesome.

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  5. Don Frankel says:

    I knew I could google it but that would have ruined all the fun. I guessed door number 3 and I was wrong. Are there any parting gifts?

    “Beauty is only skin deep but ugly cuts to the bone.”

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  6. Joseph Nebus says:

    I keep feeling like I ought to read Dorothy Parker but somehow I’ve not found my way into any of her works.

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  7. mistermuse says:

    For me, she was the undisputed queen of the quick-witted put-down. Example:

    As one who did not appreciate playing the celebrity, she once replied (when asked “Are you Dorothy Parker?”), “Yes, do you mind?”

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