23 Total Quotes

Neil Simon Quotes

Sports is the only entertainment where, no matter how many times you go back, you never know the ending.
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#American Playwright #Ending

No, no, ... It's hard enough just doing one of the parts.
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#Hard

Writing is an escape from a world that crowds me. I like being alone in a room. It's almost a form of meditation- an investigation of my own life. It has nothing to do with "I've got to get another play
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#Crowd

People with honorary awards are looked upon with disfavor. Would you let an honorary mechanic fix your brand-new Mercedes?
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#Awards

I felt like writing about a time when I was probably, and I think all of us are, the happiest in our lives-before the obligations start in.
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#American Playwright

Sudden money is going from zero to two hundred dollars a week. The rest doesn't count.
Neil Simon
#American Playwright

You must realize that honorary degrees are given generally to people whose SAT scores were too low to get them into schools the regular way. As a matter of fact, it was my SAT scores that led me into my present vocation in life, comedy.
Neil Simon
#American Playwright

Don't listen to those who say, you taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says. they all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respects.
Neil Simon
#Risk

Take care of him. And make him feel important. And if you can do that, you'll have a happy and wonderful marriage. Like two out of every ten couples.
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#Marriage #American Playwright

I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far.
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#American Playwright

If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.
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#American Playwright #Painting

Everyone thinks they can write a play; you just write down what happened to you. But the art of it is drawing from all the moments of your life.
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#American Playwright

If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet.
Neil Simon
#American Playwright

I am most alive and most fulfilled sitting alone in a room, hoping that those words forming on paper in the Smith Corona will be the first perfect play ever written in a single draft I suspect that I shall keep writing in a vain search for the perfec
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#Words

New York is not Mecca. It just smells like it.
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#American Playwright

Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money.
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#American Playwright

Danny made me laugh. ... He made everyone laugh. He was a character (in more ways than one) in at least nine or 10 of my plays, and I'm sure will probably be there again in many plays to come.
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#Character

Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
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#Lovers

It was too good a moment to lose in this picture -- and still seems to work so much,
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#Work

Nathan Lane always wanted to play Oscar. When he came in the first day, he already knew his lines. He said he'd known them since he was 18.
Neil Simon
#American Playwright