James Thurber Quotes

77 James Thurber quotes:

"Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness."
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: American Comedian Quotes Confusion Quotes
"A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption."
"The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess."
"You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward."
"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."
"Discussion in America means dissent."
"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"
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: Worth Quotes
"Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person."
"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."
"Last night I dreamed of a small consolation enjoyed only by the blind: Nobody knows the trouble I've not seen!"
"Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation."
Author: Thurber Quotes Category: American Comedian Quotes Desperation Quotes
"One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough."
"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."
"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."
"I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere."

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