Mary McCarthy Quotes


34 Mary McCarthy quotes:



"To be disesteemed by people you don't have much respect for is not the worst fate."
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"Life for the European is a career; for the American it is a hazard."
"In violence, we forget who we are."
"People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children."
"We are the hero of our own story."
Author: McCarthy Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Hero Quotes
"The theater is the only branch of art much cared for by people of wealth; like canasta, it does away with the brother of talk after dinner."
"Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret."
"Understanding is often a prelude to forgiveness, but they are not the same, and we often forgive what we cannot understand (seeing nothing else to do) and understand what we cannot pardon."
"In verity we are the poor. This humanity we would claim for ourselves is the legacy, not only of the Enlightenment, but of the thousands and thousands of European peasants and poor townspeople who came here bringing their humanity and their sufferings with them. It is the absence of a stable upper class that is responsible for much of the vulgarity of the American scene. Should we blush before the visitor for this deficiency?"
"We will need much better intelligence on this facility before we seriously consider any options."
"Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior."
"Being abroad makes you conscious of the whole imitative side of human behavior. The ape in man."
"Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the."
"The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air."
"The happy ending is our national belief."
"I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake."
"The Crucifixion and other historical precedents notwithstanding, many of us still believe that outstanding goodness is a kind of armor, that virtue, seen plain and bare, gives pause to criminality. But perhaps it is the other way around."
"We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story."
"When an American heiress wants to buy a man, she at once crosses the Atlantic. The only really materialistic people I have ever met have been Europeans."
"The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof."



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