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Quotations about Parties

One cannot have too large a party. ~Jane Austen, Emma, 1815

A House Party consists, broadly speaking, of a company of from four to twenty guests gathered together in the Wilderness in the name of Hospitality for a spirited contest in Wardrobes and Parlor Tricks. ~Gideon Wurdz (Charles Wayland Towne), "House Parties," Eediotic Etiquette, 1906

Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home, and never, ever be both. ~David Brown, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 2004

However, there are some men, especially old men, who are more given to wine than to women, and find their greatest pleasure in drinking parties. Now whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly. ~Erasmus, translated by Betty Radice, 1986

Of all the pretenses of the formal party season, the hardest, I find, is pretending that your clothes fit. ~Robert Brault,

I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends. ~Nancie J. Carmody

Like other parties of the kind, it was first silent, then talky, then argumentative, then disputatious, then unintelligible, then altogethery, then inarticulate, and then drunk. When we had reached the last step of this glorious ladder, it was difficult to get down again without stumbling; and, to crown all, Kinnaird and I had to conduct Sheridan down a d—d corkscrew staircase, which had certainly been constructed before the discovery of fermented liquors, and to which no legs, however crooked, could possibly accommodate themselves. We deposited him safe at home... I carried away much wine, and the wine had previously carried away my memory; so that all was hiccup and happiness for the last hour or so... ~Lord Byron, 1815

Every time a champagne bottle pops, a party angel gets its wings. ~Terri Guillemets, journal, 1993

If you want an interesting adult party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of Crayolas for everybody. ~Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 1986

A sudden hubbub shook the hall...
The palace bang'd, and buzz'd and clackt...
The twilight melted into morn...
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Sleeping Beauty," 1830

By half-past four... a mad-house in full swing could have offered no comparison to this place... ~F. W. Robinson, A Very Strange Family, 1890

Life's a party. Invite yourself. ~Gary Johnson, @ZenTreeHouse, tweet, 2009

I trust I am not a spoil sport, but there is one thing I deplore,
And that is a party next door...
A party next door never really gets going until you are trying for some much-needed sleep,
And when it does get going, why awake is much easier than your temper to keep...
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "The Party Next Door"

Neighbors are people who wonder when that damned party will end. ~Life, 1926

The young people danced away till nine at night — nine is a late hour for the "early birds"... ~Frederick William Robinson, Twelve O'Clock, 1861

A holiday cocktail party is where some stranger will learn more about you in an hour than your spouse has learned in a lifetime. ~Robert Brault,

Font Club may run a little late tonight. We're having a Raising Helvetica party. ~The Middle, "True Grit," 2016, written by Jana Hunter and Mitch Hunter  [S8, E4, Brick]

I suppose it's possible that the Sundance Kid didn't like to make much of his birthdays — they may have struck him as just another reminder that his draw was getting slower by the year — but what if he truly liked a major celebration? What if he looked forward every year to marking the day of his birth with what they used to call in the West "a real wingding, with pink balloons and a few survivors"? ~Calvin Trillin, "Special Occasion," Travels with Alice, 1989

How good it was of you to think of calling our visit a party! ~Etta Merrick Graves, The Castle Builder, 1916

I like to party, and by party I mean a slumber party for one with plenty of books to read.

A Christmas family-party! We know nothing in nature more delightful! ~Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Dinner"

...we went to Wood's at the Pell Mell (our old house for clubbing), and there we spent till ten at night. ~Samuel Pepys, diary, 1660

She had heard someone say something about an Independent Labour Party, and was furious that she had not been asked. ~Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies, 1930

You know, we've got to do it someday... throw away all the guns and invite all the jokers from the North and the South in here to a cocktail party... last man standing on his feet at the end wins the war. ~M*A*S*H, "Pilot," 1972, written by Larry Gelbart  [S1, E1, Hawkeye]

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