Eclectic quotations accumulating in Hell's Kitchen, NY, USA.


"Remember to say no; it's the most difficult word".
-- Bette Davis to Robin Williams quoted in today's Liz Smith column.


"Certain things should just stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone."
- Holden Caulfield from "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

"Boy, when you are dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddamn cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you are dead? Nobody."
- Holden Caulfield from "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

"I figured that I could get a job at a filling station somewhere, putting gas and oil in people's cars. I didn't care what kind of job it was, though. Just so people didn't know me and I didn't know anybody. I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversation with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they'd have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. They'd get bored as hell doing that after a while, and then I'd be through with having conversations for the rest of my life. Everybody'd think I was just a poor deaf-mute bastard and they'd leave me alone . . . I'd cook all my own food, and later on, if I wanted to get married or something, I'd meet this beautiful girl that was also a deaf-mute and we'd getmarried. She'd come and live in my cabin with me, and if she wanted to say anything to me, she'd have to write it on a piece of paper, like everybody else"
-- Holden Caulfield from "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger


"Only in New York does pizza reach your house before an ambulance . . . are banks' doors open, while counter-top pens are bolted . . . do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and diet soda . . . must invalids walk to the back of a drugstore for prescriptions, while unsick folk get cigarettes up front . . . do we screen calls with answering machines but have call waiting, so we don't miss hearing from someone we wouldn't talk to in the first place."
--Sy Presten