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Sally Stanford

  • It doesn't take much to produce a good merchant of cash-and-carry love: just courage, an infinite capacity for perpetual suspicion, stamina on a 24-hour-a-day basis, the deathless conviction that the customer is always wrong, a fair knowledge of first and second aid, do-it-yourself gynecology, judo — and a tremendous sense of humor.

  • We were so poor we envied everyone we ever heard of.

  • Like I always say, if you sit long enough by the crack of the door, you'll see your enemy go by in a hearse.

  • Well, there's a Book that says we're all sinners and I at least chose a sin that's made quite a few people happier than they were before they met me, a sin that's left me with very little time to consider other extremely popular moral misdemeanors, like usury, intolerance, bearing false tales, extortion, racial bigotry, and the casting of that first stone.

  • [On entering the restaurant business:] Food has the dubious advantage of being legitimate, and one's customers somehow manage to live longer without sex than food, if you call that living.

  • No man can be held throughout the day by what happens throughout the night.

  • Romance without finance is a nuisance. Few men value free merchandise. Let the chippies fall where they may.

  • If you are being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it look like a parade.

    • Sally Stanford,
    • in Bob Chieger, Was It Good for You, Too? ()
  • Beware of people whose halos are on too tight.

    • Sally Stanford,
    • in Bob Chieger, Was It Good for You, Too? ()

Sally Stanford, U.S. madam, civic leader, writer

(1903 - 1982)