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Top 160 James Thurber Quotes (2023 Update)

James Thurber Quote: “Walter Mitty: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
James Thurber Quote: “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”
James Thurber Quote: “Don’t get it right, just get it written.”
James Thurber Quote: “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
James Thurber Quote: “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
James Thurber Quote: “All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.”
James Thurber Quote: “There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.”
James Thurber Quote: “There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”
James Thurber Quote: “Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.”
James Thurber Quote: “Americans want to go to heaven without dying.”
James Thurber Quote: “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.”
James Thurber Quote: “Humor and pathos, tears and laughter are, in the highest expression of human character and achievement, inseparable.”
James Thurber Quote: “The act of writing is either something the writer dreads or actually likes, and I actually like it. Even re-writing’s fun. You’re getting somewhere, whether it seems to move or not.”
James Thurber Quote: “A false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.”
James Thurber Quote: “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.”
James Thurber Quote: “Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”
James Thurber Quote: “One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.”
James Thurber Quote: “If you wonder which is the stronger sex, watch which one twists the other around her little finger.”
James Thurber Quote: “Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.”
James Thurber Quote: “Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.”
James Thurber Quote: “Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?”
James Thurber Quote: “Dogs are obsessed with being happy.”
James Thurber Quote: “History is replete with proofs, from Cato the Elder to Kennedy the Younger, that if you scratch a statesman you find an actor, but it is becoming harder and harder, in our time, to tell government from show business.”
James Thurber Quote: “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?”
James Thurber Quote: “A husband should not insult his wife publicly, at parties. He should insult her in the privacy of the home.”
James Thurber Quote: “Lately, I have been wondering if there is time left for daydreaming in this 21st-century world of constant communication.”
James Thurber Quote: “Quick, name some towns in New Jersey.”
James Thurber Quote: “Mutual suspicions of mental inadequacy are common during the first year of any marriage.”
James Thurber Quote: “Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness.”
James Thurber Quote: “Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.”
James Thurber Quote: “You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.”
James Thurber Quote: “Looks can be deceiving; it’s eating that’s believing.”
James Thurber Quote: “A woman’s place is in the wrong.”
James Thurber Quote: “Don’t count your boobies until they are hatched.”
James Thurber Quote: “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.”
James Thurber Quote: “Live life by the abc’s... adventure, bravery and creativity.”
James Thurber Quote: “I could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with my left hand.”
James Thurber Quote: “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.”
James Thurber Quote: “The pounding of the cylinders increased: ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa.”
James Thurber Quote: “I myself have known some profoundly thoughtful dogs.”
James Thurber Quote: “The Old Man ain’t afraid of hell.”
James Thurber Quote: “Somebody has said that woman’s place is in the wrong. That’s fine. What the wrong needs is a woman’s presence and a woman’s touch. She is far better equipped than men to set it right.”
James Thurber Quote: “A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.”
James Thurber Quote: “The trouble with the lost generation is that it didn’t get lost enough.”
James Thurber Quote: “I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance – a sharp, vindictive glance.”
James Thurber Quote: “Boys are beyond the range of anybody’s sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.”
James Thurber Quote: “I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.”
James Thurber Quote: “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.”
James Thurber Quote: “He who hesitates is sometimes saved.”
James Thurber Quote: “The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.”
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