James Thurber Quotes

James Thurber

US author, cartoonist, humorist, & satirist (1894 - 1961)

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Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.

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Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.

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I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.

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Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

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If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.

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I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.

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It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy.

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Its better to know some of the questions, than all of the answers.

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Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house.

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Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?

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There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.

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Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.

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You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

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You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

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Early to rise and early to bed Makes a male healthy, wealthy and dead

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It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

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I hate women because they always know where things are.

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A husband should not insult his wife publicly, at parties. He should insult her in the privacy of the home.

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If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.

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You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.

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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.

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I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.

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The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.

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Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.

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All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

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The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.

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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.

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Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?

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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.

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There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.

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Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

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It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

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He who hesitates is sometimes saved.

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Let us not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around us in awareness.

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You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

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It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

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I hate women because they always know where things are.

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You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.

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