Notable Quotes on Dinner Parties

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When it comes to dinner parties, everyone wants to weigh in. From where to sit to what's fair game for topics of conversation, lots of famous folks —  Dr. Seuss, Oscar Wilde, Ina Garten —are on the record talking about dinner parties. Here are a few memorable quotes:

If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up.              
- Dr. Seuss
I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that's what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.
- Ina Garten

I wasn't a great dinner party guest. I would say, 'Great to be here. Now, can I have some steamed chicken and steamed vegetables?  
- Hugh Jackman
If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties.
- Oscar Wilde
At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.  
- George Carlin
I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.
- Barbara Walters
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
- W. Somerset Maugham, British playwright
Do any of these quotes strike a nerve for you? Heard any other quips or good stories about dinner parties? Please share below!

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