Addison Mizner

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Addison Mizner, 1922

Addison Mizner (1872–1933) was an American architect, adventurer, and entrepreneur. He is best known for creating a Florida style of architecture in [w:Palm Beach, Florida] and for being the "father of Boca Raton". In his day he was the most famous living American architect. He was affiliated with his brother, Wilson Mizner, in a series of scams and picaresque misadventures that, with considerable liberties, inspired Stephen Sondheim's Bounce!.

Quotes[edit]

The Cynic's Calendar[edit]

quoted by Alva Johnston, The Legendary Mizners, 1953, Farrar Straus and Young, New York

  • Where there's a will, there's a law suit.
  • Many are called, but few get up.
  • The wages of gin is breath.
  • Be held truthful that your lies may count.
  • Misery loves company but company does not reciprocate.
  • People who love in glass houses should pull down the blinds.

From his sketchbook[edit]

quoted by Alva Johnston, The Legendary Mizners, 1953, Farrar Straus and Young, New York

  • ...Louis Fourteenth Street furniture...
  • ...teeth set out by a landscape gardener...
  • Two ideas in his head at once would constitute an unlawful assembly.
  • A cow couldn't find its calf in this room.
  • He has no manners—he just has customs.
  • ...talking as though the Standard Oil Company was the smallest thing he owned.

Private remarks[edit]

  • The son-of-a-bitch would shoot me just to make book on which way I'd fall!
    • Of his brother Wilson.
      • Quoted by Anita Loos, Kiss Hollywood Goodbye, Viking Press, New York, 1974, ISBN 0-670-41374-7.

External links[edit]

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