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Arlene Francis

  • Counterfeit charm is worse than none at all.

  • Charm might be described as enlightened self-interest, a development of one's best self. ... In the simplest possible terms, I think genuine charm is an unmotivated interest in others.

  • Frankly, I've come to feel that there are two kinds of people: those who act like thermometers and those who act like thermostats.

  • There is nothing more boring than a bored person.

  • ... apathy is about as near to the undertaker as you can get.

  • People are much more fascinated by your interests than they are by your opinions.

  • It is almost axiomatic that the best conversationalist is really the best listener.

  • It is perfectly logical and proper to recognize differences between races and colors and creeds — as long as we don't classify them as being better or worse.

  • If there's anything intolerance can't tolerate, it's ridicule!

  • Self-love is so monogamous that no one is going to take the trouble to break the affair up for you.

  • If you think back over your experiences, the chances are that you will find the finest moments in your life were those when you completely forgot yourself.

  • Life is the best party I've ever been invited to.

    • Arlene Francis,
    • in Arlene Francis with Florence Rome, A Memoir by Arlene Francis ()
  • 'Out of sight, out of mind' applies with even greater force to entertainers than to lovers ...

    • Arlene Francis,
    • in Arlene Francis, with Florence Rome, Arlene Francis: A Memoir by Arlene Francis ()
  • Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.

    • Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis, U.S. actor, radio talk show host, game show panelist

(1907 - 2001)

Born: Arlene Francis Kazanjian.