Facts about James Thurber

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James Thurber was a famous Comedian from USA, who lived between December 8, 1894 and November 2, 1961.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac sagittarius, who is known for Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism. Our collection contains 49 quotes who is written / told by James, under the main topics: Humor, Love, Women.

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Famous quotes by James Thurber (49)


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"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness"
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"Love is what you've been through with somebody"
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"Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more"
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"All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first"
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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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"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers"
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"It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption"
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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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"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"
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"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures"
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"Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear"
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"It is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all"
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"Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed - but never the husband)"
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"The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth"
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"You can fool too many of the people too much of the time"
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"He who hesitates is sometimes saved"
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"I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance"
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"I'm 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be 48. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40"
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"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"
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"Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness"
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"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"
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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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"A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption"
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"All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why"
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"Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years"
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"But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?"
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"Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead"
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"Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person"
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"A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense"
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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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"Last night I dreamed of a small consolation enjoyed only by the blind: Nobody knows the trouble I've not seen!"
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"Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?"
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"I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere"
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"Love is what you've been through with somebody"
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"Discussion in America means dissent"
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"Don't get it right, just get it written"
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"I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere"
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"Laughter need not be cut out of anything, since it improves everything"
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"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"
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"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal"
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"The most dangerous food is wedding cake"
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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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"There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception"
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"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"
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"Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision"
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"The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess"
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"Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost"
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"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility"


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