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James Thurber Quotes


77 James Thurber quotes:



"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness."
"One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight."
"Whether it's a crisis or not depends on how long these high prices are sustained."
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"Discussion in America means dissent."
"The most dangerous food is wedding cake."
"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms / hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal."
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"Hundreds of hysterical persons must confuse these phenomena with messages from the beyond and take their glory to the bishop rather than the eye doctor."
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"Every man is occasionally visited by the suspicion that the planet on which he is riding is not really going anywhere; that the Force which controls its measured eccentricities hasn't got anything special in mind. If he broods on this somber theme long enough he gets the doleful idea that the laughing children on a merry-go-round or the thin, fine hands of a lady's watch are revolving more purposely than he is."
"I love the idea of there being two sexes, don't you?"
"A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps"
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"Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober."
"Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years."
"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?"
"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."
"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."



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