Mary McCarthy Quotes


34 Mary McCarthy quotes:



"Being abroad makes you conscious of the whole imitative side of human behavior. The ape in man."
"Bureacracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism."
"Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof."
"I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you're older, I think, is that you really must make the self."
"If someone tells you he is going to make a "realistic decision," you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad."
"The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof"
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"Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility."
Author: McCarthy Quotes Category: Disease Quotes Racism Quotes
"To be disesteemed by people you don't have much respect for is not the worst fate."
Author: McCarthy Quotes Category: Fate Quotes
"The happy ending is our national belief."
"A society person who is enthusiastic about modern painting or Truman Capote is already half a traitor to his class. It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world."
"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."
"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."
"I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you're older, I think, is that. . . you really must make the self."
Author: McCarthy Quotes Category: Self Quotes



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