quote by Cole Porter

My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director. ... (when asked who wrote 'Some Enchanted Evening') Rodgers and Hammerstein, if you can imagine it taking two men to write one song. ... Good authors, too, who once knew better words now use only four-letter words writing prose. ... Brush up your Shakespeare and they'll all kowtow.

— Cole Porter

Jaw-dropping Hammerstein quotations

After the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution, songs became part of the story, as opposed to just entertainments in between comedy scenes.

Asking me what I think of Oscar (Hammerstein) is like asking me what I think of the Yankees, Man o' War and Strawberry Sundaes.

Rodgers and Hammerstein didn't mean anything to me.

I just wanted to have a hit, I just wanted to be like those people on the radio. It was all of a case of the present tense with no projecting into the future, particularly.

The history of popular music is littered with great partnerships.

Rodgers had his Hammerstein, Lennon had his McCartney, and Lloyd Webber had... his photocopier.


It's kind of hard to get deep with Rodgers and Hammerstein.

I can't think of a moral in the music - it's just fun.

I can't wait to play the Hammerstein shows.

Things have been exploding in the last week, and that's going to be the exclamation point.

I feel very fortunate to have been associated with people such as Rodgers and Hammerstein. I think they were geniuses of their time.

Stephen Sondheim told me that Oscar Hammerstein believed everything that he wrote. So there's great truth in the songs, and that's what was so wonderful to find.

It may sound amazing to people today, but Rodgers and Hammerstein were considered by - how can I put it? - the sort of opinion-making tastemakers and everything to be 'off the scale as sentimental.'


Oscar Hammerstein was a surrogate father during all those many days, and weeks and months when I didn't see my own father.

In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies.

I was essentially trained by Oscar Hammerstein to think of songs as one-act plays, to move a song from point A to point B dramatically.

I have only one bit of advice to beginning writers: be sure your novel is read by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Like Rodgers and Hammerstein, I'm not afraid to deal with themes about the ups and downs of life, yet which are still entertaining, and you still feel these stories.


The music and lyrics of Rodgers & Hammerstein connect seamlessly.

Singing those beautiful songs was a joyous experience for me, and one that I will never forget.

Rodgers & Hammerstein shows have a purity of unironic emotion that imprints itself upon people's hearts. They seem to touch our feelings so effortlessly. They have a scope and ambition that's missing from many musicals now.

And what could be a hotter ticket than the improbable triumph of 'The Book of Mormon,' the musical-comedy moon shot of the season? Its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, of Comedy Central's 'South Park,' are the most unlikely Rodgers and Hammerstein team ever to bowl a thundering strike.

Oscar Hammerstein was a surrogate father.

I liked my father a lot, he was a swell fellow, but I didn’t see him very often because my mother was bitter about him and did everything she could to prevent me from seeing him.

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