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James Thurber Quote: “This is the posture of fortunes slave: one foot in the gravy, one foot in the grave.”
James Thurber Quote: “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.”
James Thurber Quote: “Comedy has ceased to be a challenge to the mental processes. It has become a therapy of relaxation, a kind of tranquilizing drug.”
James Thurber Quote: “I drew pictures rapidly and with few lines, because I had to write most of the pieces, too, and couldn’t monkey long with the drawings. The divine urge was no higher than that.”
James Thurber Quote: “American girls often marry someone they can’t stand to spite someone they can.”
James Thurber Quote: “A wet dog is lovingest.”
James Thurber Quote: “Most of the faint intimations of immortality of which we are occasionally aware would seem to arise out of Art or the materials of Art.”
James Thurber Quote: “Though statisticians in our time have never kept the score, Man wants a great deal here below and Woman even more.”
James Thurber Quote: “If I have sometimes seemed to make fun of Woman, I assure you it has only been for the purpose of egging her on.”
James Thurber Quote: “There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died, in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth.”
James Thurber Quote: “At forty my faculties may have closed up like flowers at evening, leaving me unable to write my memoirs with a fitting and discreet inaccuracy, or, having written them, unable to carry them to the publisher.”
James Thurber Quote: “The sanity of the average banquet speaker lasts about two and a half months; at the end of that time he begins to mutter to himself, and calls out in his sleep.”
James Thurber Quote: “The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.”
James Thurber Quote: “When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.”
James Thurber Quote: “The things we laugh at are awful while they are going on, but get funny when we look back. And other people laugh because they’ve been through it too. The closest thing to humor is tragedy.”
James Thurber Quote: “In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe, peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able somehow to bear.”
James Thurber Quote: “Remember laughter. You’ll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After.”
James Thurber Quote: “The noblest study of mankind is Man, says Man.”
James Thurber Quote: “It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy.”
James Thurber Quote: “I never quite know when I’m not writing. Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, “Dammit, Thurber, stop writing.” She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph.”
James Thurber Quote: “Love is blind, but desire just doesn’t give a good goddamn.”
James Thurber Quote: “Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.”
James Thurber Quote: “The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.”
James Thurber Quote: “But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?”
James Thurber Quote: “When man gives up on reforming and inspiring society he also gives up his freedom.”
James Thurber Quote: “All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first.”
James Thurber Quote: “The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.”
James Thurber Quote: “Ours is a precarious language, as every writer knows, in which the merest shadow line often separates affirmation from negation, sense from nonsense, and one sex from the other.”
James Thurber Quote: “Art – the one achievement of man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.”
James Thurber Quote: “Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.”
James Thurber Quote: “I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.”
James Thurber Quote: “You’ll never live to wed his niece. You’ll only die to feed his geese.”
James Thurber Quote: “It is all but impossible to sit quietly by when someone is throwing salad plates.”
James Thurber Quote: “Surely no other American institution is so bound around and tightened up by rules, strictures, adages, and superstitions as the Broadway theatre.”
James Thurber Quote: “It was Lisa, aged five, whose mother asked her to thank my wife for the peas we had sent them from our garden. ‘I thought the peas were awful, I wish you and Mrs. Thurber were dead, and I hate trees,’ said Lisa.”
James Thurber Quote: “We all have flaws,” he said, “and mine is being wicked.”
James Thurber Quote: “Youcanfooltoomanyofthepeopletoomuchofthetime. See Lincoln 510:35.”
James Thurber Quote: “No male can beat a female in the long run because they have it over us in sheer, damn longevity.”
James Thurber Quote: “I have the reputation for having read all of Henry James. Which would argue a misspent youth and middle age.”
James Thurber Quote: “To call such persons “humorists”, a loose-fitting and ugly word, is to miss the nature of their dilemma and the dilemma of their nature.”
James Thurber Quote: “Men are more interesting than women, but women ae more fascinating.”
James Thurber Quote: “Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man.”
James Thurber Quote: “You have made the moon,” The Jester said. “That is the moon.”
James Thurber Quote: “At least she’s not guilty of integrity, and that’s more than I can say of any Bell in four generations except my grandfather and myself.”
James Thurber Quote: “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.”
James Thurber Quote: “Geep,′ whuppled the parrot.”
James Thurber Quote: “Discussion in America means dissent.”
James Thurber Quote: “People who do not understand pigeons – and pigeons can be understood only when you understand that there is nothing to understand about them – should not go around describing pigeons or the effect of pigeons.”
James Thurber Quote: “She has a memory of trees and fields and nothing more.”
James Thurber Quote: “This heavish sweety fragrance,’ Thag muttered to himself, ‘that rises, or that roses, isn’t fit for human noses, and it tricks the minds of men. Three times two is eight,’ he said, ’and one is ten.”
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