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All Quotes by author - Joseph Epstein
" By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate. "
" Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things. "
" Envy is never general, but always very particular - at least envy of the kind one feels strongly. "
" I am basically a complainer and all the grounds for complaint have been swept out from under me. "
" I am married to someone I love. "
" I am the heterosexual Truman Capote. "
" I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign languages and have read everything and have musical training and they are still dorks. "
" I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive. "
" I know how deeply slothful I am. "
" I know how many days in which I have just answered e-mail, had three phone calls and a two hour lunch. Poof, gone. They are not infrequent. "
" I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy. "
" In recompense, envy may be the subtlest - perhaps I should say the most insidious - of the seven deadly sins. "
" I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might. "
" I think the story is my form. "
" My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can't. "
" No one has really ever defined what a friend is. "
" Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food. "
" Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all. "
" One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism. "
" One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give. "
" The decisive moment in the defeat of upper class, capital-S, Society may have come when, in newspapers all over the nation, what used to be call the Society page was replaced by the Style section. "
" The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off. "
" We know the ideal isn't where the action is. "
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