Oscar Levant Quotes

  • Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
  • There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
  • Once I make up my mind, I’m full of indecision.
  • So little time and so little to do.
  • I once said cynically of a politician: “He’ll double cross that bridge when he comes to it.”
  • There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.
  • I’ve given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
  • Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.
  • Every time I look at you, I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
  • I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.
  • When I was young I looked like Al Capone, but I lacked his compassion.
  • The nickname “Tinsel Town” was coined by Oscar Levant, the pianist, composer who observed: “Strip the phoney tinsel off Hollywood, and you’ll find the real tinsel underneath.”
  • I’m going to memorize your name and throw my head away.