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W. C. Fields

* - (Asked if he believed in clubs for women, Fields responded:) "Yes, if every other form of persuasion fails."

* - (In a restaurant to waitress): "I didn't squawk about the steak, dear. I merely said I didn't see that old horse that used to be tethered outside here."

* - (Invited to play golf by someone he didn't like, Fields responded:) "When I want to play with a prick, I'll play with my own."

* - (When asked : "How do you like children?") "Fried!"

* - More people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol.

* - All the men in my family were bearded, and most of the women.

* - Back in my rummy days, I would tremble and shake for hours upon arising. It was the only exercise I got.

* - Charlie McCarthy: "Say, Mr. Fields, I read in the paper where you consumed two quarts of liquor a day. What would your father think about that?" WC: "He'd think I was a sissy."

* - Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.

* - Comedy is a serious business. A serious business with only one purpose--to make people laugh.

* - Fields reloading! (Fields' retort from his dressing room after a director had shouted, "Camera reloading!")

* - Hangman: "Have you any last wish?" WC: "Yes, I'd like to see Paris before I die." (pause) "Philadelphia will do."

* - Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.

* - How well I remember my first encounter with The Devil's Brew. I happened to stumble across a case of bourbon--and went right on stumbling for several days thereafter.

* - I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.

* - I believe in tying the marriage knot, as long as it's around the woman's neck.

* - I certainly do not drink all the time. I have to sleep you know

* - I don't believe in dining on an empty

* - I exercise extreme self control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast.

* - I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy.

* - I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday.

* - I was married once--in San Francisco. I haven't seen her for many years. The great earthquake and fire in 1906 destroyed the marriage certificate. There's no legal proof. Which proves that earthquakes aren't all bad.

* - If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it.

* - Man: "I have no sympathy for a man who is intoxicated all the time." WC: "A man who's intoxicated all the time doesn't need sympathy."

* - My father...one of the great immorals, er, immortals, of our time.

* - My illness is due to my doctor's insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they force down helpless babies

* - Now don't say you can't swear off drinking; it's easy. I've done it a thousand times.

* - Say anything that you like about me except that I drink water.

* - Secretary: "It must be hard to lose your mother-in-law." WC: "Yes it is, very hard. It's almost impossible."

* - Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch...

* - The cost of living has gone up another dollar a quart.

* - The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is lucky to get out of it alive.

* - Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house unless they have a well-stocked bar

* - Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her.

* - Water rusts pipes. (His reasoning for not drinking water)

* - What rascal has been putting pineapple juice in my pineapple juice?

* - Women are like elephants to me: nice to look at, but I wouldn't want to own one.

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