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Oscar Wilde said the rich and the poor are equal -
by Al Lewis

Oscar Wilde said the rich and the poor are equal -
they can both sleep under the bridge.
Right? Do they have a right? You're damn right they have a right!
- Al Lewis

What motivated me? My mother.
My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman,
struggled all her life, worked in the garment center.
- Al Lewis

The ruling class is smarter than you,
and they're more creative.
And if you forget that lesson, you go down the drain.
Because if they weren't, they wouldn't be around as
long as they have been and as strong as they have been.
- Al Lewis

But find something that you absolutely love doing.
And then get to love the way you do it.
That's the uniqueness of all of us.
That's it.
- Al Lewis

 

America gets the politicians they deserve.
That's it.
And you keep struggling.
- Al Lewis

Understood what the struggle was about.
My mother.
Couldn't read or write, but she had more sense than
many a graduate from Harvard.
- Al Lewis

As long as you gave it your best shot,
even if in the opinion of others "you failed,"
you didn't fail.
- Al Lewis

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I've been in the struggle over seventy years -
it doesn't bother me I may not win.
- Al Lewis

I think people need housing.
And there's empty buildings, I think people should live in there.
If you want to call them squatters, trespassers,
hey, I call Wall Street thieves!
- Al Lewis

I probably worked every single entertainment medium,
including some that don't exist.
I worked the circus, carnival, I had my own medicine show,
I worked 18 years of radio.
- Al Lewis

My secret for success? I don't know what the hell success means.
- Al Lewis

I have an old brain but a terrific memory.
- Al Lewis

I know who I am.
I don't have to brag.
I know what I contributed.
I know what I did.
You think you can do it better? Hey,
go right ahead.
The stage is yours.
- Al Lewis

I went to all the Love-Ins.
I took my kids.
I enjoyed myself.
- Al Lewis

Every Friday I used to have about fifty,
sixty kids who would wait for me on Sunset Boulevard
and I'd take them all to dinner.
All runaways.
- Al Lewis

The United States, per capita, at a certain period in its history,
had the most junkies of any country ever in the world -
right after the Civil War.
The most brutal war, the greatest amount of casualties that America's ever had.
- Al Lewis

I'm more important to me than any body you can mention.
Do you know that?
- Al Lewis

The struggle goes on.
The victory is in the struggle, for me.
And I accepted that a long time ago.
- Al Lewis

I prefer that for my own satisfaction over radio,
there's no audience.
TV, there's no audience.
I need the response of the audience,
even if it's a silent response.
- Al Lewis

I'm for everyone having the opportunity to accept a $150,000 bribe.
- Al Lewis

I was an organizer in the Food, Agricultural and Tobacco
Workers Union down in North Carolina.
- Al Lewis

There's more to anybody.
Just because you haven't noticed it,
that's your problem,
that's not mine.
- Al Lewis

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
- Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
- Oscar Wilde

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

A mask tells us more than a face.
- Oscar Wilde

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

I always like to know everything about my new friends,
and nothing about my old ones.
- Oscar Wilde

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

A true friend stabs you in the front.
- Oscar Wilde

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
- Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live,
it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
- Oscar Wilde

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

I am not young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

Everything popular is wrong.
- Oscar Wilde

The smallest act of kindness
is worth more than the grandest intention.
- Oscar Wilde

I am no longer young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is far too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks,
my acquaintances for their good characters,
and my enemies for their intellects.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend,
but it requires a very fine nature
to sympathize with a friend's success.
- Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

A man can't be too careful in the choice of enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

Do you love me because I am beautiful,
or am I beautiful because you love me?
- Oscar Hammerstein II (Cinderella)

Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic,
and so am I. - Oscar Levant

After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled,
my friends tripled, my children became more popular at school,
my butcher made a pass at me, and my maid hit me up for a raise.
- Shirley Jones

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt
towards people whom we personally dislike.
- Oscar Wilde

For exercise, I now run with my chocolate Lab puppy,
Oscar.
- Daniela Pestova

These are a few of my favorite things.
- Oscar Hammerstein II

Gardening is how I relax.
It's another form of creating and playing with colors.
- Oscar de la Renta

You win an Oscar, it can double the audience that you had before.
- Meryl Streep

Nothing would make me happier if Peter Falk would finally win his Oscar for this.
Not just as the writer but as a fan and a friend.
It would be so great.
- Paul Reiser

I'm more proud of quitting smoking than of anything
else I've done in my life,
including winning an Oscar.
- Christine Lahti

It goes back to all of us wanting to be in Hollywood.
We're all dying to win an Oscar.
- Jerry Della Femina

Stephen Sondheim told me that Oscar Hammerstein believed
everything that he wrote.
So there's great truth in the songs,
and that's what was so wonderful to find.
- Bernadette Peters

As Oscar Wilde should have said, when bad ideas have nowhere else to go,
they emigrate to America and become university courses.
- Frederic Raphael

I can't tell you if one day I'll be standing up there
with an Oscar or directing,
but I am going to be the best human being I possibly can.
- Terrence Howard

The Oscar changed everything.
Better salary, working with better people,
better projects, more exposure, less privacy.
- Kathy Bates

I've done one movie.
And it's not a movie I want to stand on as far as acting ability goes.
I mean, I'm not going to win an Oscar anytime soon.
I'm not Meryl Streep.
- Megan Fox

The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever
to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
- Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies -
nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde

At awards time, The Exorcist was nominated in 11 categories,
everybody but the janitor was up for an Oscar.
There was no category for what I did.
- Mercedes McCambridge

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight,
and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
- Oscar Wilde

As a kid, I used to go see all the jazz players,
Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck,
Dizzy Gillespe.
- Jim Coleman

I'd rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar.
- Jack Lemon

I've been around since I was 19, I won the Oscar when I was 21,
I've had a couple of TV series.
I've continued to work despite the predictions of some naysayers.
- Marlee Matlin


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