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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Alexander Woollcott on life, motivation, illegal, wordplay, moral, prose, critic, food, chance, luck and government.

25 Inspiring Quotes By Alexander Woollcott That You Cannot Ignore

Famous As: American critic

Born On: January 19, 1887

Died On: January 23, 1943

Born In: Red Bank, New Jersey

Died At Age: 56

Alexander Woollcott was an American critic and commentator who worked for ‘The New Yorker Magazine’. He was inclined towards reading since his early days and spent a majority of his time reading books by legendary authors. In the initial stage of his career, he served at various jobs including clerk and reporter before landing up at a job as a drama critic. During the First World War, he served the US Army as a reporter. There, his major responsibility was to work for an official newspaper that aimed at motivating the soldiers. He served at ‘Stars and Stripes’ during the war enlightening people about the disadvantages of war. He had gained immense fame by the end of the war which brought him many job offers. He served many renowned newspapers to further enhance his reputation as a reporter. This helped him start his radio career where he debuted with a show on book reviews called ‘The Early Bookworm’. The program ran successfully for three years and he followed it up with another successful show titled ‘The Town Crier’. He was a star on radio and worked for it until his last day. We have excerpted some famous quotations and sayings by the distinguished critic from his writings, books, journals, work, thoughts and life. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Alexander Woollcott on life, government, democracy and war.

Nothing risque, nothing gained.

Alexander Woollcott

All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening

Alexander Woollcott

You haven't lived until you died in New York.

Alexander Woollcott

The two oldest professions in the world — ruined by amateurs.

Alexander Woollcott

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.

Alexander Woollcott

Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.

Alexander Woollcott

At 83, George Bernard Shaw's mind was perhaps not quite as good as it used to be, but it was still better than anyone else's.

Alexander Woollcott

One listens to one's lawyer prattle on as long as one can stand it and then signs where indicated.

Alexander Woollcott

His huff arrived and he departed in it.

Alexander Woollcott

It comes from the likes of you! Take what you can get! Grab the chances as they come along! Act in hallways! Sing in doorways! Dance in cellars!

Alexander Woollcott

There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day.

Alexander Woollcott

A hick town is one where there is no place to go where you shouldn't go.

Alexander Woollcott

Los Angeles is seven suburbs in search of a city.

Alexander Woollcott

The scenery in the play was beautiful, but the actors got in front of it.

Alexander Woollcott

Babies in silk hats playing with dynamite.

Alexander Woollcott

There's nothing wrong with Oscar Levant - nothing a miracle won't cure.

Alexander Woollcott

She was like a sinking ship firing on the rescuers.

Alexander Woollcott

There's absolutely nothing wrong with Oscar Levant that a miracle can't fix.

Alexander Woollcott

Everything I like is either illegal, immoral or fattening.

Alexander Woollcott

Today just might be the best day to start seriously thinking about quitting smoking...

Alexander Woollcott

The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm.

Alexander Woollcott

To all things clergic I am allergic.

Alexander Woollcott

Mrs. Patrick Cambell is an aged British battleship sinking rapidly and firing every available gun on her rescuers.

Alexander Woollcott

Reading Proust is like bathing in someone else's dirty water.

Alexander Woollcott

I count it a high honor to belong to a profession in which the good men write every paragraph, every sentence, every line, as lovingly as any Addison or Steele, and do so in full regard that by tomorrow it will have been burned, or used, if at all, to line a shelf.

Alexander Woollcott