Alan Jay Lerner Quotes

Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatre for both the stage and on film. He won three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other honors

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Alan Jay Lerner


The winter is forbidden till December, And exits March the second on the dot. By order summer lingers through September In Camelot.

Alan Jay Lerner


Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.

Alan Jay Lerner


Mud can make you prisoner and the plains can make you dry. Snow can burn your eyes but only people make you cry.

Alan Jay Lerner


It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.

Alan Jay Lerner


Lots of cosy sky That God and I can share. I need air. I need air.

Alan Jay Lerner


There's a smile on my face for the whole human race.

Alan Jay Lerner


Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?

Alan Jay Lerner


Youth has many glories, but judgement is not one of them, and no amount of electronic amplification can turn a belch into an aria.

Alan Jay Lerner


We used to say that inside Cecil Beaton there was another Cecil Beaton sending out lots of little Cecils into the world. One did the sets, another did the costumes. A third took the photographs. Another put the sketches in an exhibition, then into magazines, then in a book.

Alan Jay Lerner


England still will be here without you.

Alan Jay Lerner


Why can't a woman be more like a man? Men are so honest, so thoroughly square; Eternally noble, historically fair; Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat. Why can't a woman be like that?

Alan Jay Lerner


There even are places where English completely disappears. In America, they haven't used it for years! Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?

Alan Jay Lerner


Thank heaven for little girls! For little girls get bigger every day.

Alan Jay Lerner


I could have spread my wings and done a thousand things I've never done before.

Alan Jay Lerner


Why can't a woman be more like a man?

Alan Jay Lerner