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Lucille Kallen

  • My idea of success was to be a boy — possibly because my brothers, Leon and Arthur, were my father's pride and joy, whereas he had to be introduced to me several times before he got it firmly planted in his mind that I was part of the family ...

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • The guy who used to appear at your front door every night because he was wild to see you, now appears there every night because that's where he happens to live.

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • ... he had managed to get himself so much publicity that he was even better than well-known; he had enemies.

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • Tell people the truth, they laugh. The truth is so tragic they have to pretend it's a joke.

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • A woman can do anything she wants as long as she doesn't do anything she wants! She can go anywhere she likes as long as she stays put!

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • Unemployed writers have muses. Employed writers just sweat.

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • Well, I thought, as I tidied up the kitchen, there's no question that a man who works all week needs to relax on the weekend. There's no question about that. There's only a question about this: What about a woman who works all week?

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • Fortunately, like all good things, Christmas Day does come to an end.

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • Nobody's ever satisfied until they've been dead a good week.

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • A man's home is his castle, and his wife is the janitor.

    • Lucille Kallen,
    • Out There, Somewhere
    • ()
  • Monstrous behavior is the order of the day. I'll tell you when to be shocked. When something human and decent happens!

  • A lawyer's relationship to justice and wisdom ... is on a par with a piano tuner's relationship to a concert. He neither composes the music, nor interprets it — he merely keeps the machinery running.

  • [Law] is one part justice to nine parts expediency. Who needs it.

  • There are some men who possess a quality which goes way beyond romantic or even sexual appeal, a quality which literally enslaves. It has very little to do with looks and nothing at all to do with youth, because there are some quite mature and unathletic specimens who have it. It's an expression in the eyes, or an aura of being in control, and responsible, or something easy and powerful in the stance, or who knows.

  • I realized he would not make the first move to leave; it was instinctive with him to make a woman feel she was too important to be treated lightly — an instinct totally unrelated to the degree of his interest, but it had the effect of a pint of vodka, taken neat.

  • [He drove] at a stately thirty miles an hour, triumphant but alert, eyes flicking left and right, like an Allied general entering a newly liberated town.

  • ... she'd been so programmed by Julian to think of herself as inferior material that if a man threw himself at her feet, her immediate reaction would be to call an ambulance.

  • 'Interruption,' he said sternly, 'is a form of contempt.'

  • His movements were supremely deliberate and his pronouncements infinitely calculated; he moved through life like a man who found himself crossing a gorge on a high wire without a net.

  • In the short distance between the two houses he had somehow managed to acquire the ragged, spent look of a man who had crossed a continent on horseback.

  • No point in asking Greenfield what he was up to; he had pulled up his mental drawbridge and there was no way over the moat.

  • The rehearsal had not been over for more than ten minutes and he could not have been standing there for more than six, but the look of exhaustion and reproach in his eyes suggested I had kept him waiting for days in some remote and shelterless mountain pass.

  • Seventeen times he had been attacked by those vicious insects, those aberrations of nature, and his neck, arms, and ankles were battlefields where small red bumps marked the final filling stations of dead but satisfied mosquitoes.

  • People of character don't allow the environment to dictate their style.

  • No mass appeal. Ergo no profit. Ergo no use. The current World Credo.

  • I read it plain on his face, an implacable determination to get at the truth. C.B. Greenfield had mounted his mental charger, and he had a second horse waiting for me.

  • ... military intelligence is a meaningless phrase because the two words are mutually exclusive ...

  • All the kitchen objects [were] named: shakers called Salt and Pepper, a holder that said Napkins, a plastic cover emblazoned with Toaster, all for the benefit of those inevitable visitors from another planet.

  • I find the scientific mind horrendous. All those brains and not a moral imperative between them.

  • Beware the beguiled, they do their own beguiling.

Lucille Kallen, U.S. writer

(1932 - 1999)

Full name: Lucille Chernos Kallen.