An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I went out there for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday.


Nelson Algren (1909-1981, American author)


An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


In Beverly Hills... they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


The sumptuous age of stars and images is reduced to a few artificial tornado effects, pathetic fake buildings, and childish tricks which the crowd pretends to be taken in by to avoid feeling too disappointed. Ghost towns, ghost people. The whole place has the same air of obsolescence about it as Sunset or Hollywood Boulevard.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


If New York is the Big Apple, tonight Hollywood is the Big Nipple.


Bernardo Bertolucci (1940-, Italian actor, director, screenwriter)


The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money.


Marlon Brando (1924-, American actor, director)


Fame is no sanctuary from the passing of youth...suicide is much easier and more acceptable in Hollywood than growing old gracefully.


Julie Burchill (British journalist, writer)


To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.


Billie Burke


If it's a good script I'll do it. And if it's a bad script, and they pay me enough, I'll do it.


George Burns (1896-1996, American comedy actor)


Hollywood's a very weird place. I think there's less of everything except for attitude.


Dean Cain (1966-, American actor, writer)


Its idea of "production value" is spending a million dollars dressing up a story that any good writer would throw away. Its vision of the rewarding movie is a vehicle for some glamour-puss with two expressions and eighteen changes of costume, or for some male idol of the muddled millions with a permanent hangover, six worn-out acting tricks, the build of a lifeguard, and the mentality of a chicken-strangler.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


Some are able and humane men and some are low-grade individuals with the morals of a goat, the artistic integrity of a slot machine, and the manners of a floorwalker with delusions of grandeur.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


That's one thing I like about Hollywood. The writer is there revealed in his ultimate corruption. He asks no praise, because his praise comes to him in the form of a salary check. In Hollywood the average writer is not young, not honest, not brave, and a bit overdressed. But he is darn good company, which book writers as a rule are not. He is better than what he writes. Most book writers are not as good.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


The motion picture made in Hollywood, if it is to create art at all, must do so within such strangling limitations of subject and treatment that it is a blind wonder it ever achieves any distinction beyond the purely mechanical slickness of a glass and chromium bathroom.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


The overall picture, as the boys say, is of a degraded community whose idealism even is largely fake. The pretentiousness, the bogus enthusiasm, the constant drinking, the incessant squabbling over money, the all-pervasive agent, the strutting of the big shots (and their usually utter incompetence to achieve anything they start out to do), the constant fear of losing all this fairy gold and being the nothing they have never ceased to be, the snide tricks, the whole damn mess is out of this world.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


They don't want you until you have made a name, and by the time you have made a name, you have developed some kind of talent they can't use. All they will do is spoil it, if you let them.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


There is in Hollywood, as in all cultures in which gambling is the central activity, a lowered sexual energy, an inability to devote more than token attention to the preoccupations of the society outside. The action is everything, more consuming than sex, more immediate than politics; more important always than the acquisition of money, which is never, for the gambler, the true point of the exercise.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


I hate the place like poison with a sincere hatred.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Isn't Hollywood a dump -- in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

Author's website:


It's a mining town in lotus land.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Studio executives are intelligent, brutally overworked men and women who share one thing in common with baseball managers: they wake up every morning of the world with the knowledge that sooner or later they're going to get fired.


William Goldman (1931-, American author)


I hate a man who always says, "Yes" to me. When I say, "No," I like a man who also says, "No."


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


I hate a man who always says, "Yes" to me. When I say, "No," I like a man who also says, "No."


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


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 (1894-1964, American newspaperman, novelist, playwright)


You write a book like that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Hollywood has always been a cage... a cage to catch our dreams.


John Huston (1906-1987, American film director)


Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born, whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn; and here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin in tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin.


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


Just like those other black holes from outer space, Hollywood is postmodern to this extent: it has no center, only a spreading dead zone of exhaustion, inertia, and brilliant decay.


Arthur Kroker


Hollywood has gone from Pola to Polaroid.


Pola Negri (1897-1987, Polish actress)


Hollywood gives a young girl the aura of one giant, self-contained orgy farm, its inhabitants dedicated to crawling into every pair of pants they can find.


Veronica Lake (1919-1973, American actress)


Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


If we have to tell Hollywood 'good-by,' it may be with one of those tender, old-fashioned, seven-second kisses exchanged between two people of the opposite sex with all their clothes on.


Anita Loos (1893-1981, American novelist, screenwriter)


We Americans have always considered Hollywood, at best, a sinkhole of depraved venality. And, of course, it is. It is not a Protective Monastery of Aesthetic Truth. It is a place where everything is incredibly expensive.


David Mamet (1947-, American playwright)


Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.


Marilyn Monroe (1926-, American actress)


I devoutly believe it is the writer who has matured the film medium more than anyone else in Hollywood. Even when he knew nothing about his work, he brought at least knowledge of life and a more grown-up mind, a maturer feeling about the human being.


Dudley Nichols (American actor)


Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


I can't talk about Hollywood. It was a horror to me when I was there and it's a horror to look back on. I can't imagine how I did it. When I got away from it I couldn't even refer to the place by name. "Out there," I called it.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


Hollywood is a place that attracts people with massive holes in their souls.


Julia Phillips


In Hollywood if you don't have happiness you send out for it.


Rex Reed


Hollywood's like Egypt, full of crumbled pyramids. It'll never come back. It'll just keep on crumbling until finally the wind blows the last studio prop across the sands.


David O. Selznick


You don't resign from these jobs, you escape from them.


Dawn Steel


It feels like a barbell. [When asked what she thought of her newly acquired Oscar statuette]


Marisa Tomei (1964-, American actress)


If you have a vagina and an attitude in this town, then that's a lethal combination.


Sharon Stone (1958-, American actress)


Bankers, nepotists, contracts and talkies: on four fingers one may count the leeches which have sucked a young and vigorous industry into paresis.


Dalton Trumbo


Hollywood makes prostitutes out of women and sissies out of men.


Author Unknown


Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.


Orson Welles (1915-1985, American film maker)


My attitude about Hollywood is that I wouldn't walk across the street to pull one of those executives out of the snow if he was bleeding to death. Not unless I was paid for it. None of them ever did me any favors.


James Woods (1947-, American actor)


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