Quotes by Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz Biography

Fran Lebowitz (1950 -)

Frances Ann,‘Fran’ Lebowitz is an American journalist, author, public speaker and occasional actor. She is particularly well known for her sardonic comments on American life , particularly as viewed through her experiences and observations as a long time New York City resident, such that she has been called a modern day Dorothy Parker.

She was born to her parents Ruth Lebowitz and Harold Lebowitz on October 27, 1950 and she has one sister, Ellen.

She raised in Morristown, New Jersey and Lebowitz describes her Jewish identity as ethnic or cultural but not religious. She has been an atheist since the age of 7.

After being expelled from high school and earning only a Certificate of General Educational Development, Lebowitz worked various odd jobs before Andy Warhol hired her as a columnist for ‘Interview’, an American magazine nicknamed ‘The Crystal Ball of Pop’, which features intimate conversations between some of the world’s biggest celebrities, for which she wrote a column called ‘I Cover the Waterfront’ .This was followed by writing for ‘ Madamoiselle’, primarily a fashion magazine aimed at smart educated young women and also known for publishing short stories by noted authors.

Her first two books were her essay collections ‘Metropolitan Life ’ in 1978 and ‘Social Studies’ in1981, both collected in’ The Fran Lebowitz Reader’.

In 1995 she wrote ‘Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas’, a children’s book about giant pandas living in New York City who long to move to Paris.

Lebowitz has been known, in part, for ‘Exterior Signs of Wealth’, a long-overdue, unfinished novel, purportedly about rich people who want to be artists and artists who want to be rich. She also made several appearances on ‘Late Night’ with David Letterman and had a recurring role as ‘Judge Janice Goldberg’ on the television drama ‘Law & Order’ from 2001 to 2007.

A heavy smoker, Lebowitz is known for her advocacy of smokers’ rights. She is also known for her massive book collection and her refusal to use modern technologies, including cell phones and computers.
In September 2007, Lebowitz was named one of the year’s most stylish women in Vanity Fair’s 68th Annual International Best-Dressed List. She is known for her trademark men’s suit jackets and white shirts, cowboy boots, jeans, and tortoiseshell glasses.

She has written 4 books with one in production.

  • In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.

    America, USA

  • If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.


  • The writer is to the world what Esperanto is to the language world, funny maybe, but not that funny.


  • Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women it is merely a good excuse to play football.


  • Wealth and power are much more likely to be the result of breeding than they are of reading.


  • The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.


  • I love sleep because it is both pleasant and safe to use.


  • The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.

    Conversation, Talk

  • Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.


  • My theory is that modern science was largely conceived of as an answer to the servant problem and that is generally practised by those who lack a flair for conversation.


  • Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone call is for you.


  • Radio news is bearable. This is due to the fact that while the news is being broadcast the disc jockey is not allowed to talk.


  • In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.


  • Life is something you do when you can’t get to sleep.


  • If you want to get ahead in this world, get a lawyer not a book.


  • I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.


  • No matter how politely or distinctly you ask a Parisian a question, he will persist in answering you in French.


  • Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.


  • Food is an important part of a balanced diet.


  • The best fame is a writer’s fame. It’s enough to get a good table at a restaurant, but not enough that you get interrupted while you eat.


  • I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood?