"Mike Nichols is one of the most incisive wits in America today. His brilliance lights up the stage, his observations on the foibles of humanity rank with those of Jonathan Swift and George Bernard Shaw. He is, without exception, the world's greatest comedian." -Elaine May "Elaine May is a heck of a sweet kid."- Mike Nichols "Every life is a mystery. And every story of every life is a mystery. But it is not what happens that is the mystery. It is whether it has to happen no matter what, whether it is ordered and ordained, fixed and fated, or whether it can be missed, avoided, circumvented, passed by; that is the mystery." -Cornell Woolrich "For the Rest of Her Life" "Every idea I ever had is based on the fact that it's 2:30 and there's a production meeting at 3:00." - Ernie Kovacs "Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away... When I came home last night at three The man was waiting there for me But when I looked around the hall I couldn’t see him there at all! Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more! Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!) Last night I saw upon the stair A little man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today Oh, how I wish he’d go away" - Antigonish by William Hughes Mearns "They say I have no hits and I’m difficult to work with... and they say that like it’s a bad thing."- Tom Waits (from his acceptance speech for getting inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame) "You Gotta Love Livin' Baby, 'Cause Dyin' Is A Pain In The Ass!"- Frank Sinatra. "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It."- Dean Martin "Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean..."- Raymond Chandler Michael O'Hara- "Once, off the hump of Brazil I saw the ocean so darkened with blood it was black and the sun fainting away over the lip of the sky.We'd put in at Fortaleza, and a few of us had lines out for a bit of idle fishing. It was me had the first strike. A shark it was. Then there was another, and another shark again, 'till all about, the sea was made of sharks and more sharks still, and no water at all. My shark had torn himself from the hook, and the scent, or maybe the stain it was, and him bleeding his life away drove the rest of them mad. Then the beasts took to eating each other.In their frenzy, they ate at themselves.You could feel the lust of murder like a wind stinging your eyes, and you could smell the death, reeking up out of the sea. I never saw anything worse... until this little picnic tonight.And you know, there wasn't one of them sharks in the whole crazy pack that survived." Arthur Bannister: "George, that's the first time anyone ever thought enough of you to call you a shark. If you were a good lawyer, you'd be flattered." - Orson Welles "The Lady From Shanghai"

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