"We are all different snobs in different ways": 10 Louise Brooks Quotes Straight from the Kansas Archives

  Footage taken of personal photographs of Louise Brooks, found in the Special Collections Archives at Wichita State University

Footage taken of personal photographs of Louise Brooks, found in the Special Collections Archives at Wichita State University

When in Kansas researching this past October, we uncovered several letters, taped interviews and journals that taught us a lot more about our enigmatic subject.  Her personality is forever blooming further through these documents; some were sad, some were delightfully funny, and they all came together to reveal sides of Louise that we hadn't yet seen.  

While we cannot reveal all of it without the help of our film, here are a few of the quotes that stood out to us the most:

1) "We are all different snobs in different ways."

2) "I've learned one thing - nobody is going to take care of you but yourself. You are the one who knows you, and nobody else." - excerpt from interview with Kenneth Tynan

3) On curiosity: "it's the most marvelous attribute a person can have."

4) "Oh Lord - I am always in trouble." -excerpt from 1923 diary

5)"You see, I still spend my life with you." -  written in a letter to Lotte Eisner

6) "Dear Hermann, you are so kind to write me and stimulate my little mind that I am thinking of admitting you to my private heaven. It is most exclusive. Occupants must be perfectly kind, truthful and unique (I am too mean to get in)." - excerpt from a letter to Hermann Weinberg 

 7) "And now I understand/admit that this passion is my true life, this passion for learning from the greatest minds to which I have remained faithful in every vagrant period." - written in a letter to Lotte Eisner

8) "It should have ended with a dagger up the c**t." - discussing Pandora's Box in an interview with Kenneth Tynan

9) "Remember when the prodigal son returned the father said, 'He was lost and is found.' It was the father who found the lost son. Somehow I have missed being found."

10) "You know what nobody will believe even if it is written on every page of my history - and a very silly and stupid history - I act out of personal regard for the people concerned." -excerpt from a letter to Hermann Weinberg

Thank you very much to all of you who have supported our efforts, especially the Special Collections at Wichita State University, and we wish you all the Happiest of Holidays.

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