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Wilson Mizner Facts

Wilson Mizner (May 19, 1876 – 1933) was an American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur. His best-known plays are The Deep Purple, produced in 1910, and The Greyhound, produced in 1912. He was manager and co-owner of The Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, California, and was affiliated with his brother, Addison Mizner, in a series of scams and picaresque misadventures that inspired Stephen Sondheim's musical Road Show. (1876 – 1933)

Quotes by Wilson Mizner

A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Wilson Mizner

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he knows something.
Wilson Mizner

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
Wilson Mizner

Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something.
Wilson Mizner

I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.
Wilson Mizner

If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research.
Wilson Mizner

Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.
Wilson Mizner

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
Wilson Mizner

Most hard-boiled people are half-baked.
Wilson Mizner

The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
Wilson Mizner

To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.
Wilson Mizner

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