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Born: 1910-12-02
Profession: Critic
Nation: American
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If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.

Tags: Ignore, Insult, Laugh

The true snob never rests; there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon.

Tags: Goal, Higher, True

Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.

Tags: Game, Secrets, Seem

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.

Tags: Cripple, Cynicism, Substitute

A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide.

Tags: Sometimes, Wife, Woman

A truly appreciative child will break, lose, spoil, or fondle to death any really successful gift within a matter of minutes.

Tags: Death, Matter, Successful

Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.

Tags: Excellent, Him, Place

In my estimation, the only thing that is more to be guarded against than bad taste is good taste.

Tags: Against, Bad, Good

It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.

Tags: Accept, Friends, Polite

Ragtime was a fanfare for the 20th century.

Tags: Century, Fanfare, Ragtime

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.

Tags: Architecture, History, Today

When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.

Tags: Dark, Enough, Stars

Being rich and famous isn't all happiness and at times the pressures have got to me.

Tags: Famous, Happiness, Rich

I like to think of myself as being fashion-conscious without being a slave to fashion.

Tags: Fashion, Slave

I must have some sort of record in failing to get into the charts.

Tags: Charts, Failing

Money cannot buy happiness.

Tags: Cannot, Happiness, Money

The kind of music I like depends very much on my mood.

Tags: Depends, Mood, Music