There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.— Oscar Levant
The most revealing Oscar Levant quotes that will activate your desire to change
Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.
The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.
Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
It'd be nice to please everyone but I thought it would be more interesting to have a point of view.
It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.
There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.
When I was young I looked like Al Capone, but I lacked his compassion.
An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.
When I can't sleep, I read a book by Steve Allen.
My psychiatrist once said to me, 'Maybe life isn't for everyone'.
I'm controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me
I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.
I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
In some situations I was difficult, in odd moments impossible, in rare moments loathsome, but at my best unapproachably great.
You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow.
(Oscar trying to talk his way out of a speeding ticket)
A conductor should reconcile himself to the realization that regardless of his approach or temperament the eventual result is the same-the orchestra will hate him.
I never read bad reviews about myself, because my friends invariably tell me about them.
I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.
I don't like to play the piano. It makes me too attractive.
Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.
I am no more humble than my talents require.
I could never have a mistress, because I couldn't bear to tell the story of my life all over again.
I'm a concert pianist, that's a pretentious way of saying I'm unemployed at the moment.
I once said cynically of a politician, Hell double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
A pun is the lowest form of humor—when you don't think of it first.
I played an unsympathetic part -- myself.
I'm a self-made man. Who else would help?
Talent's like a baby. Wrap it up in wool and it goes to sleep.
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
I once said cynically of a politician, 'He'll doublecross that bridge when he comes to it.'
[Madame Nhu was] the Sandra Dee of South Vietnam.
If I were cast on a desert island with her, I would quickly make friends with the natives.
Now that Marilyn Monroe is kosher, Arthur Miller can eat her.
Once Dwight Eisenhower makes up his mind, he's full of indecision.
So little time and so little to do.
Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate.
I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.
Debbie Reynolds is as wistful as an iron foundry.
When I appeared before the draft board examiner during World War II, he asked me if I thought I could kill. "I don't know about strangers," I replied, "but friends, certainly."
Harpo, she's a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one.
I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.
My last picture for Warners was Romance on the High Seas.
It was Doris Day's first picture; that was before she became a virgin.
Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision. On Dwight D. Eisenhower
I never watch the Dinah Shore show- I'm a diabetic.
Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.
I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.