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Wilson Mizner

Wilson Mizner (May 19, 1876 - April 3, 1933) was an American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur. His best-known plays are The Deep Purple, produced in 1910, and The Greyhound, produced in 1912. He was manager and co-owner of The Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, California, and was affiliated with his brother, Addison Mizner, in a series of scams and picaresque misadventures that inspired Stephen Sondheim's Bounce!.
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The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.

Wilson Mizner

A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions.

Wilson Mizner

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

Wilson Mizner

If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.

Wilson Mizner

Over in Hollywood they almost made a great picture, but they caught it in time.

Wilson Mizner

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.

Wilson Mizner

To my embarrassment I was born in bed with a lady.

Wilson Mizner

Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.

Wilson Mizner

In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100% dedication, you won't be able to do this.

Wilson Mizner

Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.

Wilson Mizner

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.

Wilson Mizner

Hollywood is a sewer with service from the Ritz Carlton.

Wilson Mizner

The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.

Wilson Mizner

I'd rather know a square guy than own a square mile.

Wilson Mizner

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.

Wilson Mizner

Always be nice to people on the way up; because you'll meet the same people on the way down.

Wilson Mizner

Some of the greatest love affairs I've known have involved one actor - unassisted.

Wilson Mizner

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.

Wilson Mizner

I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it.

Wilson Mizner

Most hard-boiled people are half-baked.

Wilson Mizner

God help those who do not help themselves.

Wilson Mizner

I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.

Wilson Mizner

Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down.

Wilson Mizner

Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.

Wilson Mizner

Life is a tough proposition and the first hundred years are the hardest.

Wilson Mizner
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