James Thurber

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James Thurber

My drawings have been described as pre-internationalist, meaning that they were finished before the ideas for them had occurred to me. I shall not argue the point.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We all know that the theater and every play that comes to Broadway have within themselves, like the human being, the seed of self-destruction and the certainty of death. The thing is to see how long the theater, the play, and the human being can last in spite of themselves.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them; Man, with his powers of reason, has reduced economics to the level of a farce which is at once funnier and more tragic than Tobacco Road.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style? and avoid How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms -- hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people --that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He who hesitates is sometimes saved.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
From now on, I think it is safe to predict, neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party will ever nominate for President a candidate without good looks, stage presence, theatrical delivery, and a sense of timing.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition, but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast, which satisfies a native American urge.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In an extensive reading of recent books by psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and inspirationalists, I have discovered that they all suffer from one or more of these expression-complexes: italicizing, capitalizing, exclamation-pointing, multiple-interrogating, and itemizing. These are all forms of what the psychos themselves would call, if they faced their condition frankly, Rhetorical-Over-Compensation.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It takes that je ne sais quoi which we call sophistication for a woman to be magnificent in a drawing-room when her faculties have departed but she herself has not yet gone home.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.More James Thurber [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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