Quotations by Joseph Epstein

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Born: Saturday, January 9, 1937
Profession: Writer
Nationality: American


By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Confidence, Right, Wrong)

Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Experience, Being, Culture, Reading, Thoughtful)

Envy is never general, but always very particular - at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Envy)

I am basically a complainer and all the grounds for complaint have been swept out from under me.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Complaint)

I am married to someone I love.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Love)

I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.
- Joseph Epstein

I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign languages and have read everything and have musical training and they are still dorks.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: People, Training)

I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Funny, Being, Compliment)

I know how deeply slothful I am.
- Joseph Epstein

I know how many days in which I have just answered e-mail, had three phone calls and a two hour lunch. Poof, gone. They are not infrequent.
- Joseph Epstein

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Envy)

I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Thought)

I think the story is my form.
- Joseph Epstein

In recompense, envy may be the subtlest - perhaps I should say the most insidious - of the seven deadly sins.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Envy, May)

My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can't.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Time, Wife)

No one has really ever defined what a friend is.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Friend)

Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Food)

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Envy, Fun)

One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Being)

One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Letters, Mail, Order)

The decisive moment in the defeat of upper class, capital-S, Society may have come when, in newspapers all over the nation, what used to be call the Society page was replaced by the Style section.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Society, Class, Defeat, May, Nation, Newspapers, Style)

The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Being, Joy, Pleasure, Running)

We know the ideal isn't where the action is.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Action)







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