FRANK LOESSER QUOTES

American songwriter (1910-1969)

Luck, be a lady tonight.

FRANK LOESSER, Guys and Dolls

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The guy's only doing it for some doll.

FRANK LOESSER, "Guys and Dolls", Guys and Dolls

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I love you,
A bushel and a peck,
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.
Hug around a neck and a barrel and a heap,
Barrel and a heap and I'm talking in my sleep.

FRANK LOESSER, "A Bushel and a Peck"

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When you see a guy reach for stars in the sky
You can bet that he's doing it for some doll.

FRANK LOESSER, Guys and Dolls

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But more I cannot wish you
Than to wish you find your love
Your own true love this day.

FRANK LOESSER, Guys and Dolls

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A secretary is not a toy.

FRANK LOESSER, "A Secretary is Not a Toy", How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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Somebody, somewhere
Wants me and needs me
And that's very wonderful to know.

FRANK LOESSER, The Most Happy Fella

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How beautiful the days,
They come and go.

FRANK LOESSER, The Most Happy Fella

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Me, I'm complicated. But it's a living, I tell myself. Also, every once in a long while this disease manages to produce a fine and beautiful truth--as (they say) some oyster illness makes the wondrously perfect pearl.

FRANK LOESSER, letter to Angel Steinbeck, A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life

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Brother, you can't go to jail for what you're thinking.

FRANK LOESSER, "Standing on the Corner", The Most Happy Fella

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See what the boys in the backroom will have
And tell them I'm having the same.

FRANK LOESSER, "The Boys in the Backroom"

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You dogs are smart enough to know that worry is something you do with a bone, and let it got at that. Even Pavlov couldn't do any more than prove that your brain is in your gut--something that you knew all along.

FRANK LOESSER, letter to Angel Steinbeck, A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life

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And the devil will drag you under
By the fancy tie 'round your wicked throat
Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down
Sit down you're rockin' the boat!

FRANK LOESSER, "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat"

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Brother, do you know a nicer occupation,
Matter of fact, neither do I,
Than standing on the corner
Watching all the girls go by?

FRANK LOESSER, "Standing on the Corner"

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What I really have a sense of dismay about is that there is a center of anything. I think maybe Cleveland can use one. Also possibly Los Angeles needs informed cultural guidance and a place to go get it. But not New York. New York is a center, a world's fair, and a den of thieves, and a house of miracles.

FRANK LOESSER, letter to William Schuman, August 20, 1965

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A secretary is not a thing
Wound by key, pulled by string.
Her pad is to write in,
And not spend the night in,
If that's what you plan to enjoy.

FRANK LOESSER, "A Secretary is Not a Toy", How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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Oh! to be loved by a man I respect,
To bask in the glow of his perfectly understandable neglect.

FRANK LOESSER, "Happy to Keep his Dinner Warm"

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I hear music
Mighty fine music,
The murmur of a morning breeze up there
The rattle of the milkman on the stair
Sure that's music...

FRANK LOESSER, "I Hear Music"

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I string sounds together. But to string them I have to remember a bunch of old ones I heard somewhere and then juggle them into a new rhythm and shape.

FRANK LOESSER, letter to Angel Steinbeck, A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life

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Oh! but your lips were thrilling, much too thrilling,
Never before were mine so strangely willing.

FRANK LOESSER, "Heart and Soul"

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