James Thurber Quotes


77 James Thurber quotes:



"The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess."
"With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs."
"I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance."
"The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself."
"The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth."
"You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward."
"There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception."
"Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man."
"My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language."
"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)."
"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal."
"I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere."
"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
"The most dangerous food is wedding cake."
"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man."
"Love is what you've been through with somebody."
"Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost."
"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."
"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness."
"Discussion in America means dissent."



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