Patricia Marx Quotes

'Couch surfing' refers to the practice of temporarily lodging with a stranger - free of charge, unless you count being incessantly soc... - Patricia Marx

'Couch surfing' refers to the practice of temporarily lodging with a stranger - free of charge, unless you count being incessantly sociable as payment.
— Patricia Marx

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Being serious just makes me a little bit embarrassed.

Patricia Marx

Everyone thinks that 'Chinatown' is the best screenplay. I'm not sure it is.

Patricia Marx

For somebody who is a journalist, I can be awfully unobservant sometimes.

Patricia Marx

High heels weren't always a girl thing. In the fifteen-hundreds, the riding shoes of French noblemen were fitted with raised heels so that their feet stayed put in the stirrups. Over the next few decades, heels inched higher on dress shoes, particularly among men of privilege.

Patricia Marx

I do not find the concept of consorting with unknown persons appealing.

Patricia Marx

I don't really care that much about eating. But I like impressing people with how good a cook I am. So I will cook. I'm an excellent cook. Not many people know that about me.

Patricia Marx

I think I began to like writing a lot more, and to be a better writer, when I did it for a while alone. It made me a little more confident about my style.

Patricia Marx

I write the shopping column. I think I've proven my superficiality.

Patricia Marx

I'm a goody-goody. I'm the person who sits in the back row, makes fun of the teacher, and secretly does the extra-credit work.

Patricia Marx

It's better to spend a lot on a getup you love than a fraction of that on something, or even five of those somethings, that you'll never bother to take out of the shopping bag. By the way, this advice also applies to discount love interests. And half-price sushi.

Patricia Marx

Males have probably always enjoyed watching the defeat of other males, but without the invention of numerals and the subsequent invention of the concept of keeping score, we could never have had a million sports channels.

Patricia Marx

Men still wear cologne, but I wish they wouldn't. No matter what you may believe, all men's fragrances smell like the air freshener in a taxi.

Patricia Marx

New York is rich in culture, cuisine, and commerce.

Patricia Marx

New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Shanghai doesn't even sit down, and not just because there is no room.

Patricia Marx

One false word, one extra word, and somebody's thinking about how they have to buy paper towels at the store. Brevity is very important. If you're going to be longwinded, it should be for a purpose. Not just because you like your words.

Patricia Marx

Part of my writing style can be attributed to my mother's impatience with comedy, because whenever I told her a story she would say, 'Yeah, yeah, just tell me: is it good for you or bad for you?' Consequently, I think, I was always afraid to indulge in the time that you need to tell a joke, very nervous about anything that constituted an Act II.

Patricia Marx

Perhaps the most mysterious of all mammals is the male Homo sapiens. Indeed, many anthropologists classify the group as a subspecies.

Patricia Marx

The Chinese are no slouches when it comes to capitalism.

Patricia Marx

Though the male can be noble in reason and infinite in faculties, he is also easily amused by shiny toys, especially ones that do dumb things on his desk.

Patricia Marx

Unless you're a salesman, or a bad guest on a talk show, you don't call someone by his name that often.

Patricia Marx

You don't have to spend much time in Shanghai before you start to get all existential about the meaning of authenticity. Did you know that Shanghai is building nine satellite towns, each designed to mimic the architecture and culture of a different country?

Patricia Marx

'Couch surfing' refers to the practice of temporarily lodging with a stranger - free of charge, unless you count being incessantly sociable as payment.

Patricia Marx