Join BookBrowse today and get access to free books, our twice monthly digital magazine, and more.

Who said: "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up"

BookBrowse's Favorite Quotes

No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up – Lily Tomlin

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin, born 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, is an actress, comedian, writer and producer who has won many awards including Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Tomlin graduated from Cass Technical High School and then attended Wayne State University, both in Detroit. After college she started doing stand-up comedy in Detroit and later in New York City, making her first TV appearance as a guest on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965. In 1969 she briefly hosted Music Scene on ABC TV and then joined NBC's Laugh-in which is where she first played many of the characters who she has continued to portray throughout her career. In addition to her many female characters, she was one of the first female comedians to portray male characters in drag.

She was the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show, Appearing Nitely, which premiered in 1977; she appeared on the cover of Time the same year. She later toured the country with the show and, in fact, has spent much of her career touring with one show or another. In 1985 she starred in another one-woman Broadway show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her life-partner, writer and producer Jane Wagner. It won a Tony Award and was made into a feature film in 1991.

Her film credits include Nashville (which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Nine to Five, All of Me, Big Business (where she and Bette Midler played identical twins switched at birth) and Short Cuts.

To many children her voice will be familiar as that of Ms Frizzle on the animated TV series The Magic School Bus (1994-1997) and in recent years she has played Will Truman's boss Margot on Will & Grace, and presidential secretary Deborah Fiderer in The West Wing.

More Quotes

This quote & biography originally ran in an issue of BookBrowse's membership magazine. Full Membership Features & Benefits.

Support BookBrowse

Join our inner reading circle, go ad-free and get way more!

Find out more


Top Picks

  • Book Jacket: Clear
    Clear
    by Carys Davies
    John Ferguson is a principled man. But when, in 1843, those principles drive him to break from the ...
  • Book Jacket: Change
    Change
    by Edouard Louis
    Édouard Louis's 2014 debut novel, The End of Eddy—an instant literary success, published ...
  • Book Jacket: Big Time
    Big Time
    by Ben H. Winters
    Big Time, the latest offering from prolific novelist and screenwriter Ben H. Winters, is as ...
  • Book Jacket: Becoming Madam Secretary
    Becoming Madam Secretary
    by Stephanie Dray
    Our First Impressions reviewers enjoyed reading about Frances Perkins, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's ...

BookBrowse Book Club

Book Jacket
A Great Country
by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
A novel exploring the ties and fractures of a close-knit Indian-American family in the aftermath of a violent encounter with the police.

Members Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    The Stone Home
    by Crystal Hana Kim

    A moving family drama and coming-of-age story revealing a dark corner of South Korean history.

  • Book Jacket

    The Flower Sisters
    by Michelle Collins Anderson

    From the new Fannie Flagg of the Ozarks, a richly-woven story of family, forgiveness, and reinvention.

Win This Book
Win The Funeral Cryer

The Funeral Cryer by Wenyan Lu

Debut novelist Wenyan Lu brings us this witty yet profound story about one woman's midlife reawakening in contemporary rural China.

Enter

Wordplay

Solve this clue:

M as A H

and be entered to win..

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.