Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

Frances Ann "Fran" Lebowitz (born October 27, 1950) is an American author and public speaker. Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities. Some reviewers have called her a modern-day Dorothy Parker. 

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Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try.

Humility is no substitute for a good personality.

If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.

As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.

Polite conversation is rarely either.

Don't bother discussing sex with small children. They rarely have anything to add.

Calling a taxi in Texas is like calling a rabbi in Iraq.

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.

All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.

The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible, but not attractive.

There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death. Any attempt to prove otherwise constitutes unacceptable behavior.

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature do not forget that actions speak louder than words.

Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women it is simply a good excuse not to play football.

In real life I assure you there is no such thing as algebra.

Scientists - the crowd that for dash and style make the general public look like the Bloomsbury set.

Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life I assure you there is no such thing as algebra.

I must take issue with the term 'a mere child ' for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.

Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.

Never relinquish clothing to a hotel valet without first specifically telling him that you want it back.

Great people talk about ideas average people talk about things and small people talk about wine.

Contrary to popular opinion the hustle is not a new dance step - it is an old business procedure.

Success didn't spoil me I've always been insufferable.

I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.

Children are the most desirable opponents at scrabble as they are both easy to beat and fun to cheat.

You're only as good as your last haircut.

Designer clothes worn by children are like snowsuits worn by adults. Few can carry it off successfully.

My favorite animal is steak.

The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.

My desire to curtail undue freedom of speech extends only to such public areas as restaurants airports streets hotel lobbies parks and department stores. Verbal exchanges between consenting adults in private are as of little interest to me as they probably are to them.

I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children you wonder when they reach adulthood?

If you are truly serious abut preparing your child for the future don't teach him to subtract teach him to deduct.

Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.

The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.

I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word - politeness of the heart a gentleness of the spirit.

If you're going to America bring your own food.

Nothing succeeds like address.

In the Soviet Union capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country capitalism triumphed over democracy.

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning restless urge to write or paint simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.

Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections children tend to be sticky.

Do not on a rainy day ask your child what he feels like doing because I assure you that what he feels like doing you won't feel like watching.

You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.

No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.

When you leave New York you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.

I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota.

Nature is by and large to be found out of doors a location where it cannot be argued there are never enough comfortable chairs.

Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.

Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.

I've done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.

Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

Radio news is bearable. This is due to the fact that while the news is being broadcast the disk jockey is not allowed to talk.

To put it rather bluntly I am not the type who wants to go back to the land, I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.

Andy Warhol made fame more famous.

Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.