James Thurber Quotes


77 James Thurber quotes:



"Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years."
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
"All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why."
"It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption."
"The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his."
"There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died, in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth."
"Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition, but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast, which satisfies a native American urge."
"But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?"
"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
"There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else."
"Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear."
"Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more."
"Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man."
"I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness."
"The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them; Man, with his powers of reason, has reduced economics to the level of a farce which is at once funnier and more tragic than Tobacco Road."
"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."
"Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person."
"Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness."
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: American Comedian Quotes Confusion Quotes
"I'm 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be 48. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40."
"A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption."



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