Top 30 Calvin Trillin Quotes

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“I’m more disturbed when people expect me to be serious.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I never eat in a restaurant that’s over a hundred feet off the ground and won’t stand still.”

― Calvin Trillin

“As far as I’m concerned, ‘whom’ is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I actually think of being funny as an odd turn of mind, like a mild disability, some weird way of looking at the world that you can’t get rid of.”

― Calvin Trillin

“Getting a tattoo would probably make me cry.”

― Calvin Trillin

“What campaigns are for is weeding out the people who, for one way or another, weren’t making it for the long haul.”

― Calvin Trillin

“The question about those aromatic advertisements that perfume companies are having stitched into magazines these days is this: under the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, is smelling up the place a constitutionally protected form of expression?”

― Calvin Trillin

“The food in such places is so tasteless because the members associate spices and garlic with just the sort of people they’re trying to keep out.”

― Calvin Trillin

“When you’re writing, you are robbed of your delivery.”

― Calvin Trillin

“If it’s inappropriate to write about, if there’s nothing funny about it, then it’s not funny.”

― Calvin Trillin

“Canadians are very well behaved, they don’t throw their food.”

― Calvin Trillin

“When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.”

― Calvin Trillin

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

― Calvin Trillin

“Health food makes me sick.”

― Calvin Trillin

“The shelf life of the average trade book is somewhere between milk and yogurt.”

― Calvin Trillin

“We all know funny people who can’t get it down on the page – even funny writers who can’t get it down on the page.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I do remember in high school I wanted to be a disc jockey.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I don’t cook. I don’t know anything about food. I’ve never reviewed a restaurant.”

― Calvin Trillin

“People, not just reporters, are more interested in politics than in government, so the actual issues wouldn’t be something that interested them.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I’ve written three books you could think of as memoirs.”

― Calvin Trillin

“With humor, it’s so subjective that trying to think of what the ideal reader would think would drive you crazy.”

― Calvin Trillin

“Being on a book tour is a lot easier than reporting.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I don’t mind being interviewed on television or radio.”

― Calvin Trillin

“When it comes to rapacious 19th century capitalism, my family’s hands are clean.”

― Calvin Trillin

“You know, I used to say, when people say, ‘How do you think about what to write about in the poems every week?’ And I say, ‘Well, I have to turn it in on Monday, so on Sunday nights I turn the shower to iambic pentameter and it sort of works out that way.’”

― Calvin Trillin

“There’s always a source for humor.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I don’t think I’ve ever read a food piece or a food book.”

― Calvin Trillin

“What interests me is what you might call vernacular writing, writing that connects you to a place.”

― Calvin Trillin

“I’ve always thought that parallel parking was my main talent.”

― Calvin Trillin
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