Forgotten Author of the Week - Sam Levinson

Sam Levinson was a comedian in the 60's. A teacher for almost thirty years, Levinson offers a lot of wisdom and humor. I stumbled across him as a teenager when I wrote a paper about children at the turn of the century. Levinson's book In One Era and Out Another offered an interesting aspect not only to my paper but to myself. Even today I find myself quoting things from Levinson's books. So I give you some of Sam Levinson's wisdom and humor, although I highly recommending finding this book at your library and thoroughly enjoying something that never grows old.

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone”

“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.”

“It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.”

“Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children”

“We should not permit prayer to be taken out of the schools; that's the only way most of us got through.”

“If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother.”

“Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it.”

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“I'm going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!”

“Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.”

“Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.”

“The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”

“If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the Up button.”

“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.”

“Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”

“It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a decorator or he would still be picking colors.”

“Just try to be happy. Unhappiness starts with wanting to be happier.”

“You must pay for your sins. If you have already paid, please ignore this notice.”

“I admit that: my wife is outspoken, but by whom?”

“Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn't poor.”

“When I was a boy I used to do what my father wanted. Now I have to do what my boy wants. My problem is: When am I going to do what I want?”

“It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.'”

“Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.”

“You must learn from the mistakes of others.”


The Dutchess said...

GREAT happy I found you!!!!

Unknown said...

I'm glad you found me too!

-+. said...

This is excellent work: not only through your thoughtful compilation of Sam's "one-," "two-," and yea even, "three-liners;" but through thy "wowsah" "one-two" intro. I tell you I plotzed when I read "bouncing MFA."

Good on yah, for good work,