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Born: 1937-01-09
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.

Tags: Deadly, Envy, Fun

I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might.

Tags: Die, Might, Thought

Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.

Tags: Food, Oneself, Show

By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate.

Tags: Confidence, Secret, Wrong

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.

Tags: Envy

One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism.

Tags: Jew, Pleasures, Tell

Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things.

Tags: Enough, Experience, Human

The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off.

Tags: Able, Joy, True

Envy is never general, but always very particular - at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.

Tags: Envy, Feels, General

I am basically a complainer and all the grounds for complaint have been swept out from under me.

Tags: Basically, Complaint, Swept

I am married to someone I love.

Tags: Love, Married, Someone

I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.

Tags: Capote, Truman

I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign languages and have read everything and have musical training and they are still dorks.

Tags: Read, Six, Training

I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive.

Tags: Funny, Give, Off

I know how deeply slothful I am.

Tags: Deeply, Slothful

I know how many days in which I have just answered e-mail, had three phone calls and a two hour lunch. Poof, gone. They are not infrequent.

Tags: Days, Gone, Three

I think the story is my form.

Tags: Story

In recompense, envy may be the subtlest - perhaps I should say the most insidious - of the seven deadly sins.

Tags: Envy, May, Perhaps

My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can't.

Tags: She, Time, Wife

No one has really ever defined what a friend is.

Tags: Defined, Friend

We know the ideal isn't where the action is.

Tags: Action, Ideal

One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give.

Tags: Give, Order, Serious

The decisive moment in the defeat of upper class, capital-S, Society may have come when, in newspapers all over the nation, what used to be call the Society page was replaced by the Style section.

Tags: May, Moment, Society
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