Today’s Quotable Honoree: Dorothy Parker

An acerbic, cynical woman who was the toast of the Algonquin Round Table and author of  such poems as "Threnody" and "Braggart," she also came up with such timeless gems as these:

I wish I could drink like a lady,
I’ll have one or two at the most.
Three and I’m under the table,
Four and I’m under the host.

and…

Time doth flit; oh shit.

and…

If you want to know what the Lord God thinks of money, just look at those to whom he gives it.

But the Important Thing about Dorothy Parker is that her stock response to answering the telephone is quite possibly my favorite quote of all time:

What fresh hell is this?*

(And I’m the one who added it to her Wikiquote page. Yup yup yup.)

*actually, this is now how my cell phone greets me whenever I power it up… abbreviated, for space-saving purposes, to WFHIT?

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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3 Responses to Today’s Quotable Honoree: Dorothy Parker

  1. I am going through some major life stopping things but I wanted to come by and tell you how much I love you and everyday you make me smile!! Jose lost vision on his right eye he is ok we wait to see what life hands us.Dr is hopefull it will come back. Me I am in thinking mode. Hugs Wanda

  2. Valerie says:

    ah, to have been around to live @ the Round Table! (not that they would’ve kept me..) i LOVE DP, always have!
    i may have to steal your idea about the cell phone greeting!

  3. Amy Sorensen says:

    Giggle. One of those delicious, ascerbic giggles, of course, not at all flighty or blonde. Dorothy P. is just so HIP. Even my h.s. students liked her! (Well, most of them, except for the Expected Offended Ones, as always!)

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