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Ben Hecht Quotes

"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 of a clock."

"Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat."

"Love is a hole in the heart."

"The honors Hollywood has for the writer are as dubious as tissue-paper cuff links."

"People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized."

"We trotted, coach-dog fashion, at the heels of the human race, our tails awag."

"Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos."

"Television excites me because it seems to be the last stamping ground of poetry, the last place where I hear women's hair rhapsodically described, women's faces acclaimed in odelike language."

"I have written a raucous valentine to a poet's dream and agony."

"We looked on the hopheads, crooks and gunsels and on their bawdy ladies as members of a family among whom we were privileged to move. There was no caste system, moral or social, in our manners."

"A man nearly always loves for other reasons than he thinks. A lover is apt to be as full of secrets from himself as is the object of his love from him."

"Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away."

"In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel."

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