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There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
by Oscar Levant

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

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The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans
is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt,
too.
- Oscar Levant

I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.
- Oscar Levant

Happiness isn't something you experience;
it's something you remember.
- Oscar Levant

 

I can remember Doris Day before she was a virgin.
- Oscar Levant

I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.
- Oscar Levant

Schizophrenia beats dining alone.
- Oscar Levant

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I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.
- Oscar Levant

I think a lot of Bernstein - but not as much as he does.
- Oscar Levant

So little time and so little to do.
- Oscar Levant

I have no trouble with y enemies.
But my god damn friends...
they are the ones that keep me walking the floors at night.
- Oscar Levant

Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.
- Oscar Levant

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility;
there are so few of us left.
- Oscar Levant

A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
- Oscar Levant

I don't drink.
I don't like it.
It makes me feel good.
- Oscar Levant

I am no more humble than my talents require.
- Oscar Levant

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
- Oscar Levant

There are two sides to every question:
my side and the wrong side.
- Oscar Levant

Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel.
- Oscar Levant

Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you'll
find the real tinsel underneath.
- Oscar Levant

I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.
- Oscar Levant

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
- Oscar Levant

Once Dwight Eisenhower makes up his mind,
he's full of indecision.
- Oscar Levant

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

It's fine to celebrate success
but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
- Bill Gates

There is a fine line between
the perseverance of the courageous tortoise
and the habit of the stubborn donkey.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend,
but it requires a very fine nature
to sympathize with a friend's success.
- Oscar Wilde

The best effort of a fine person
is felt after we have left their presence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spirit is always waiting to rush into us,
but we are too full of worldly things.
It is like trying to pour fine wine into a cup filled with mud -
the wine is waiting, but the mud must be removed first.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
- Henry Ellis

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

I feel pretty good.
My body actually looks like an old banana,
but it's fine.
- Mike Piazza

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
- Ambrose Bierce

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous,
but no sense of humor.
- Edward Albee

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you
hear but forgetting where you heard it.
- Laurence J. Peter

Life repeats itself mindlessly -
unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
That's why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death,
the wheel of time.
It moves like a wheel: birth is followed by death,
death is followed by birth;
love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
success is followed by failure,
failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you can watch just for a few days,
you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern.
One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy,
and another day you are so dull,
so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide.
And just the other day you were so full of life,
so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God,
that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness,
and today there is great complaint
and you don't see the point why one should go on living...
And it goes on and on, but you don't see the pattern.
Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.
- Osho

Marriage is a fine institution -
but I'm not ready for an institution yet.
- Mae West

If you build up the soil with organic material,
the plants will do just fine.
- John Harrison

Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.
- Kinky Friedman

It's not beauty but fine qualities, my girl,
that keep a husband.
- Euripides

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,
and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

Fishing is much more than fish.
It is the great occasion when we may return to the
fine simplicity of our forefathers.
- Herbert Hoover

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure
is the most perfect refreshment.
- Jane Austen

Do you know the difference between education and experience?
Education is when you read the fine print;
experience is what you get when you don't.
- Pete Seeger

California is a fine place to live -
if you happen to be an orange.
- Fred Allen

Drawing on my fine command of the English language,
I said nothing.
- Robert Benchley

If you could build a house on a trampoline,
that would suit me fine.
- Alan Rickman

I don't want to sound smug but I am reasonably satisfied with how it's gone.
I think it's fine.
- Colin Firth

I live on good soup, not on fine words.
- Moliere

Youth will be served, every dog has his day,
and mine has been a fine one.
- George Borrow

But we talk about issues, we talk about people,
we talk about personalities.
George is a very good reader of people,
and he's very perceptive about people,
and you know, that's fine.
- Laura Bush

I lived in LA for almost nine years and if I never
went back there again it would be fine.
- David Cross

I represent all the enlightened people in this country,
and that's a fine thing to be able to do.
It infuriates my opponents when I say this,
but it is true.
- Helen Suzman

Our liquidity is fine.
As a matter of fact, it's better than fine.
It's strong.
- Kenneth Lay

Fines are preferable to imprisonment and other types
of punishment because they are more efficient.
With a fine, the punishment to offenders is also revenue to the State.
- Gary Becker

That's another fine mess you've gotten me into.
- Oliver Hardy

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction,
I was very happy with it, because my first interest
in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
- Octavia Butler

I think it's important that we don't all have to hold
our heads high all the time saying everything's fine.
- Nicole Kidman

You are bound, my hunch is, to make it just fine.
- James Dickey

Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing.
It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense
of what can and cannot be done.
- James Fenton

I think any man in business would be foolish to fool
around with his secretary.
If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
- Barry Goldwater

Because bankers measure their self-worth in money,
and pay themselves a lot of it, they think they're
fine fellows and don't need to explain themselves.
- James Buchan

Writing is a fine therapy for people who are perpetually
scared of nameless threats...
for jittery people.
- William Styron

Let's stop pretending we can arrest our way to safety and security.
Despite all the fine work that policemen and women do,
we have got to find other solutions to deter crime.
- Carrie P. Meek

I feel fine and comfortable with myself,
but not because I'm beautiful.
- Monica Bellucci


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