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Ben Hecht

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
Ben Hecht magic
Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.
Ben Hecht time
I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
Ben Hecht man
Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety.
Ben Hecht mind
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Ben Hecht time
In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.
Ben Hecht man
Listen, little boy. In this business, there's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it.
Ben Hecht business
A man nearly always loves for other reasons than he thinks. A lover is apt to be as full of secrets from himself as is the object of his love from him.
Ben Hecht love
I have written a raucous valentine to a poet's dream and agony.
Ben Hecht dream
People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.
Ben Hecht sex
I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.
Ben Hecht time
There's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it.
Ben Hecht self
Love is a hole in the heart.
Ben Hecht art
I'm a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.
Ben Hecht writer
Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos.
Ben Hecht
Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.
Ben Hecht money
The rule in the art world is: you cater to the masses or you kowtow to the elite; you can't have both.
Ben Hecht art
In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace.
Ben Hecht peace

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