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#QueerQuote: “All the Things I Really Like to Do Are Either Illegal, Immoral, or Fattening.” – Alexander Woollcott

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Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943) was an American critic and journalist known for being part of the famed Algonquin Round Table, his radio broadcasts from 1929-1942, and for his Shouts And Murmurs pieces in The New Yorker magazine.

Woollcott was distinguished by his tireless wit and flamboyant personality, providing the inspiration for the character of Sheridan Whiteside in the play and film The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

Among his other quips:

On actors and prostitutes, from his column Shouts And Murmurs: “The two oldest professions in the world — ruined by amateurs.”

“Nothing risque, nothing gained.”

“You haven’t lived until you died in New York.


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