Ruth Gordon Poems

Nothing There

A cold shiver runs down my spine
Even though today is fine
No wind is blowing
Yet my hair is flowing... more »

We Don'T Want It

We danced along with chance
And then we made another stance
Lie down or stand up
Lie down and fess up... more »

His Influence

He leaned over to her chair,
Creating disturbances in the air
He whispered
She giggled.... more »

Ruth Gordon Quotes

The kiss. There are all sorts of kisses, lad, from the sticky confection to the kiss of death. Of them all, the kiss of an actress is the most unnerving. How can we tell if she means it or if she's just practicing?
Ruth Gordon (1896-1985), U.S. playwright, actor. Benjy, in The Leading Lady, act 2 (1948).
Nothing dates one so dreadfully as to think someplace is uptown.... At our age one must be watchful of these conversational gray hairs.
Ruth Gordon (1896-1985), U.S. playwright, actor. Clyde, in The Leading Lady, act 1 (1948).
To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up. Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself. A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never—I repeat—never under any conditions face the facts.
Ruth Gordon (1896-1985), U.S. playwright, actor. "Myself Among Others," Myself Among Others (1970).

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