A movie is never better than the stupidist man connected with it.
Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing.
In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.
Life, alas, is an intricate illusion. God is a pack of lies under which man staggers to his grave.
Millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around.
(telling Ben Hecht about Hollywood).
Movies are one of the bad habits that have corrupted our century. They have slipped into the American mind more misinformation in one evening than the Dark Ages could muster in a decade.
Nobody but a writer can write. People who hang around writers for years- as producers did- who are much smarter and have much better taste, never learn to write.
Of the things men give each other the greatest is loyalty.
People will hang on to illusion as eagerly as life itself.
People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.
Power is the only immorality possible to old men.
Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety.
The movies are an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming cultured people.
The only practical way yet discovered by the world for curing its ills is to forget about them.
There is nothing as dull as an intellectual ally after a certain age.
Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand on a clock.
Writing a good movie brings a writer about as much fame as steering a bicycle.
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