Neil Simon Quotes (23 Quotes)

    So, doing this one -- I mean -- the only thing I worried about was, are we going to live up to the original one, ... And for that, we need the right actors and I think we got them. So that made me feel pleased about that.

    Sudden money is going from zero to two hundred dollars a week. The rest doesn't count.

    Writing is an escape from a world that crowds me. I like being alone in a room. It's almost a form of meditation- an investigation of my own life. It has nothing to do with I've got to get another play

    If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.

    He wanted to play Oscar too, ... He said he'd give us three months if he could understudy Nathan. So we said, 'Sure,' and let him be one of the card players, too.

    I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far.

    If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven't been born yet.

    I felt like writing about a time when I was probably, and I think all of us are, the happiest in our lives-before the obligations start in.

    You must realize that honorary degrees are given generally to people whose SAT scores were too low to get them into schools the regular way. As a matter of fact, it was my SAT scores that led me into my present vocation in life, comedy.

    Everyone thinks they can write a play; you just write down what happened to you. But the art of it is drawing from all the moments of your life.

    People with honorary awards are looked upon with disfavor. Would you let an honorary mechanic fix your brand-new Mercedes.

    I am most alive and most fulfilled sitting alone in a room, hoping that those words forming on paper in the Smith Corona will be the first perfect play ever written in a single draft I suspect that I shall keep writing in a vain search for the perfec

    Directing is too strong a word for what you do with Nathan, though. He's a joy to work with. And Matthew is a friend.

    Danny made me laugh. ... He made everyone laugh. He was a character (in more ways than one) in at least nine or 10 of my plays, and I'm sure will probably be there again in many plays to come.

    He's too nervous to kill himself. He wears his seat belt in a drive-in movie.

    Nathan Lane always wanted to play Oscar. When he came in the first day, he already knew his lines. He said he'd known them since he was 18.

    Don't listen to those who say, you taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today.

    New York is not Mecca. It just smells like it.

    It was too good a moment to lose in this picture -- and still seems to work so much,

    Sports is the only entertainment where, no matter how many times you go back, you never know the ending.

    It looks different when you're sober. I thought I had twice as much furniture.

    Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money.

    Take care of him. And make him feel important. And if you can do that, you'll have a happy and wonderful marriage. Like two out of every ten couples.

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