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Nelson Algren Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Nelson Algren.

Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.
- Nelson Algren

Loving Chicago is like loving a woman with a broken nose.
- Nelson Algren

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench
down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility
of the writer in all ages of man.
- Nelson Algren

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge
is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.
- Nelson Algren

 

The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic
who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy -
yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed.
Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no.
This is what makes him impossible.
- Nelson Algren

Never play cards with a man called Doc.
Never eat at a place called Mom's.
Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.
- Nelson Algren

I went out there for a thousand a week,
and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday.
The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday.
- Nelson Algren

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In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty,
but in Chicago it's a sport.
- Dick Gregory

My uncle was the town drunk - and we lived in Chicago.
- George Gobel

This man is frank and earnest with women.
In Fresno, he's Frank and in Chicago he's Ernest.
- Henny Youngman

I am back in Los Angeles after a very successful run
in Chicago as Billy Flynn.
- Greg Evigan

But I like being nasty.
I like being cranky.
Especially if it's a cold day in Chicago,
it's nice to just take it out on Kyle,
because he's so easy to scream at, you know?
- Fisher Stevens

While at Chicago my interest in the new field of particle
physics was stimulated by a course given by Gell-
Mann,
who was developing his ideas about Strangeness at the time.
- James Cronin

I'd studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter,
and I was well-rounded.
I wasn't worried about getting a job on Broadway.
In fact, I got one the first week.
- Gene Kelly

That's great advertising when you can turn Chicago
into a city you'd want to spend more than three hours in.
- Jerry Della Femina

I liked playing in Chicago, and I gave them everything I had,
but I knew in my heart I was a Red Wing.
- Ted Lindsay

I'm from Chicago.
My grandfather was a policeman, and my aunts are married to policemen.
- Robin Tunney

My place in Chicago is a 105 year old house,
but I really like contemporary spaces too,
so it's refreshing and fun to be in a space where you
can do contemporary things.
- Ted Allen

My real education began when I entered the University
of Chicago in September 1951 as a graduate student.
- James Cronin

Chicago is the product of modern capitalism,
and, like other great commercial centers,
is unfit for human habitation.
- Eugene V. Debs

We don't have a full black community in Boston.
Our people are scattered.
There's a middle class where I live in Highland Park
but it's not like a piece of Washington or Chicago.
- Henry Hampton

In '75, the year both A Chorus Line and Chicago hit Broadway,
my head spun around and I became the ultimate theater queen for life.
- Michael Musto

At Chicago Hope they have a technical staff that works
real hard to make that O.R.
as realistic as possible.
- Mark Harmon

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.
- James Iha

Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful
great city left in the world.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We have created indoor installations inside museums,
like the Wrapped Floor at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 1968,
and not monumental at all by any standards.
- Christo

On December 5, 1941, Chicago led a task force built
around the carrier Lexington to Midway Island,
at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands,
about 1,000 miles from Pearl Harbor.
- Jack Adams

Tonight - by taking this solemn oath -
I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago.
- Jane Byrne

I was born in Chicago and grew up in the suburb of Evanston.
- Douglas Wood

Our friends in the group Chicago, they just numbered
theirs and we thought that was kind of neat but it
made continuity from album to album and that was our way of doing it.
- Gerry Beckley

Every player should be accorded the privilege of at
least one season with the Chicago Cubs.
That's baseball as it should be played -
in God's own sunshine.
And that's really living.
- Alvin Dark

Maybe we can show government how to operate better
as a result of better architecture.
Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful
great city left in the world.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I just thought that I had had my fill for a while and wanted to have a family.
My husband was moving to Chicago for his job.
And so I went along.
And it was a great thing that I did.
- Lauren Holly

Coming from Chicago, I like a white Christmas.
- Dennis Franz

Chicago is a city of contradictions,
of private visions haphazardly overlaid and linked together.
- Pat Colander

In 1971 I returned to the University of Chicago as Professor of Physics.
- James Cronin

I have a 92 year old father whose doing beautifully
who lives in Chicago and a sister and a nephew and
a niece and I love coming back and try to do so fairly often.
- Bob Balaban

Chicago is unique.
It is the only completely corrupt city in America.
- Charles Edward Merriam

Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.
- A. J. Liebling

They planned this fair to bring business to Chicago,
into the Loop.
But you could have fired a cannon down state street and hit nobody,
because everybody was out at the fair.
- Sally Rand

I moved to Chicago in 1980 to go to college.
- Steve Albini

In 1958, I came to Chicago where I have remained.
- George Stigler

Chicago's neighborhoods have always been this city's greatest strength.
- Jane Byrne

There are enough Poles in Chicago to make up one of
the largest cities in Poland.
- Suzanne Fields

I was assigned to the heavy cruiser Chicago.
- Jack Adams

I have a home in Arizona.
I go a couple months a year, but basically Chicago is my home.
- Dennis Farina

Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it.
- Claes Oldenburg

I think the state has some serious problems.
Just look at the layoffs going on across the state,
not just in Chicago.
It affects the middle class.
It pushes people down.
- Richard M. Daley

That first year in Chicago was one of the most memorable in my career.
Getting traded rejuvenated me, and I had something to prove.
I wanted to show them what I could do.
- Dennis Eckersley

I've done all of them except for Oprah.
My shoes were on Oprah but they ran out of time so I wasn't on.
I left my shoes in Chicago so they could put them on the show.
- Matthew McGrory

A Chicago alderman once confessed he needed physical
exercise but didn't like jogging,
because in that sport you couldn't hit anyone.
- Andrew H. Malcolm

I would never have become music director of the Chicago Symphony,
which would have been an extremely sad loss.
- Georg Solti

In 1980, I moved to Chicago, and I recorded demo tapes for my friends' bands,
and in 1981, the first Big Black record -
the first thing I did that was an actual record.
- Steve Albini

The show can go on without me, and probably will,
but I want to come back to act in Chicago.
My wife and I just bought a condo downtown,
and I want to do theater.
- William Petersen

May 4th is a particularly memorable day in American
history because 84 years to the day before May 4,
1970, there was another demonstration at the Haymarket Square in Chicago.
- William Kunstler

I'm impressed with the people from Chicago.
Hollywood is hype, New York is talk,
Chicago is work.
- Michael Douglas

Overall, I think Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete in any particular sport.
He dominated the game for the Chicago Bulls and brought
the NBA to its greatest peak of popularity.
- Will McDonough

I've never been arrested.
I've been stopped, searched and had a gun put to my
head by the Chicago cops.
- Tim Meadows

I did a lot of theater in the South side of Chicago.
- Kel Mitchell

I was asked to come to Chicago because Chicago is one of our fifty-two states.
- Raquel Welch

Hell has been described as a pocket edition of Chicago.
- Ashley Montagu

When I got to Chicago I had to find my way.
- Luther Allison

The studio that we mix in is still in Chicago.
- James Young

In the States, it takes you a lifetime just to get
from Chicago's South Side to the West Side.
- Luther Allison

The last job I applied for was to be a bus driver for
the Chicago Transit Authority in 1957.
- Vernon Jordan

And then when I went to Chicago, that's when I had
these outer space experiences and went to the other planets.
- Sun Ra

I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city -
for one Chicago.
- Jane Byrne

Living in Dallas, I root for the Mavericks and the Stars and the Cowboys,
but I've always pulled for the Chicago Cubs.
I enjoy watching them play.
- Lee Trevino

Even before I came to Chicago, I had gotten interested
in the existence of dispersion of prices under conditions
which economic theory said would yield a single price.
- George Stigler

I was raised in Chicago, so always used Latina.
It's what my Father and brothers called ourselves,
when we meant the entire Spanish-speaking community of Chicago.
- Sandra Cisneros

I should add that I very much enjoy certain cities especially Paris,
New York and Chicago.
- Jim Harrison


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