James Thurber Quotes


77 James Thurber quotes:



"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."
"We are a nation that has always gone in for the loud laugh, the wow, the yak, the belly laugh, and the dozen other labels for the roll- em-in-the-aisles gagerissimo. This is the kind of laugh that delights actors, directors, and producers, but dismays writers of comedy because it is the laugh that often dies in the lobby. The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it."
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: Laughter Quotes
"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."
"You can fool too many of the people too much of the time."
"Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?"
"The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it."
"The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel."
"It is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all."
"The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself."
"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man."
"Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed -- but never the husband)."
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness"
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: Anger Quotes
"The most dangerous food is wedding cake."
"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."
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: Glory Quotes
"But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?"
"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."
"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."



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