44 Total Quotes

Ben Hecht Quotes

Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician #Newspapers

Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician

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.
Ben Hecht
#Hollywood #Stardom

Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety
Ben Hecht
#Mind

Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician

In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician #Hollywood

I have written a raucous valentine to a poet's dream and agony.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician

People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician

Love is a hole in the heart.
Ben Hecht
#Love #American Mathematician

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.
Ben Hecht
#Love #American Mathematician

He was in love with life as an ant on a summer blade of grass
Ben Hecht
#Love

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.
Ben Hecht
#American Mathematician

The rule in the art world is: you cater to the masses or you kowtow to the elite; you can't have both
Ben Hecht
#Art

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.
Ben Hecht
#Cinema

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
Ben Hecht
#Quote of the Day #Love #Cute #American Mathematician #Valentine's Day

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
Ben Hecht
#Envy #Guilt #Poverty

The honors Hollywood has for the writer are as dubious as tissue-paper cuff links.
Ben Hecht
#Hollywood

We trotted, coach-dog fashion, at the heels of the human race, our tails wag.
Ben Hecht
#Fashion