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.

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Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.

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I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.

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Oscar Levant quote There's a fine line between genius and i

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

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

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

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

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

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It'd be nice to please everyone but I thought it would be more interesting to have a point of view.

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It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.

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

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When I was young I looked like Al Capone, but I lacked his compassion.

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When I can't sleep, I read a book by Steve Allen.

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About Oscar Levant

Quotes 56 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Composer
Birthday October 16

My psychiatrist once said to me, 'Maybe life isn't for everyone'.

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An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.

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I'm controversial. My friends either dislike me or hate me

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

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I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.

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In some situations I was difficult, in odd moments impossible, in rare moments loathsome, but at my best unapproachably great.

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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)

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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.

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

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I never read bad reviews about myself, because my friends invariably tell me about them.

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I don't like to play the piano. It makes me too attractive.

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

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I am no more humble than my talents require.

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I could never have a mistress, because I couldn't bear to tell the story of my life all over again.

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I'm a concert pianist, that's a pretentious way of saying I'm unemployed at the moment.

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I once said cynically of a politician, Hell double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.

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A pun is the lowest form of humor—when you don't think of it first.

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I'm a self-made man. Who else would help?

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I played an unsympathetic part -- myself.

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Talent's like a baby. Wrap it up in wool and it goes to sleep.

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What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.

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

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I once said cynically of a politician, 'He'll doublecross that bridge when he comes to it.'

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Ballet is the fairies' baseball.

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

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Self-pity - it's the only pity that counts.

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George, if you had to do it all over, would you fall in love with yourself again?

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[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.

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

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Now that Marilyn Monroe is kosher, Arthur Miller can eat her.

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Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate.

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

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So little time and so little to do.

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I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.

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Harpo, she's a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one.

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I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.

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Debbie Reynolds is as wistful as an iron foundry.

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