Leo Rosten Quotes

26 Leo Rosten quotes:

"Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind."
"Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined"
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"Humor is, I think, the sublets and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers"
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"Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed."
"The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it."
"I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong."
"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed."
"Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them."
"Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them."
"Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined."
"I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe."
"Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable."
"First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people."
"If you're going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it."
"Satire is focused bitterness."
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"An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church."
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"I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!"
"The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others."
"We see things as we are, not as they are."
"Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad."

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