James Thurber Quotes

77 James Thurber quotes:

"The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals"
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"Whether it's a crisis or not depends on how long these high prices are sustained."
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"Early to rise and early to bed Makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead"
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"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."
"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness"
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"The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess"
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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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"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms / hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal."
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"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."
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"But those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and warmly personal than bodily presence, an ineffable and eternal thing. It is everlasting life touching us as something more than a vague, recondite concept. The sound of a great name dies like an echo; the splendor of fame fades into nothing; but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed, like the haunting loveliness of mignonette."
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"I love the idea of there being two sexes, don't you?"
"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."
"The vivid images that are coming across the television are really destroying his image as a leader."
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"A burden in the bush is worth two on your hands"
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"A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps"
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"When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare."
"Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober."

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