Ben Hecht

American writer, playwright

Lived from: 1894-1964

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Ben Hecht

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    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.
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    Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos.
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    Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing.
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    Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.
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    I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.
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    I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
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    I'm a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.
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    In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.
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    In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace.
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    In pre-movie days, the business of peddling lies about life was spotty and unorganized. It was carried on by the cheaper magazines, dime novels, the hinterland preachers and whooping politicians.
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    In the court of the movie Owner, none criticized, none doubted. And none dared speak of art. In the Owner's mind art was a synonym for bankruptcy. The movie Owners are the only troupe in the history of entertainment that has never been seduced by the adventure of the entertainment world.
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    Listen, little boy. In this business, there's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it.
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    Love is a hole in the heart.
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    Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century. Of their many sins, I offer as the worst their effect on the intellectual side of the nation. It is chiefly from that viewpoint I write of them - as an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming a cultured people.
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    Much more frequent in Hollywood than the emergence of Cinderella is her sudden vanishing. At our party, even in those glowing days, the clock was always striking twelve for someone at the height of greatness; and there was never a prince to fetch her back to the happy scene.
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