Quoteland.com Home Topics Resources Groups
Education FAQs Site Info Contact Us About the Authors
QUOTATIONS by AUTHOR
Bookmark and Share
BooksBooks by and about James Thurber
Engrave a QuoteClick this icon to engrave the quote on mugs, bookmarks, t-shirts and much more

Rows: 1 - 25 of 58

1 2 3 | Next 25 >>

Page: 1 of 3

(no category)
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Age
Engrave this Quote With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Alcohol/Alcoholism
Engrave this 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Anger
Engrave this Quote Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Apathy
Engrave this Quote The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Art
Engrave this Quote Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Artist, The
Engrave this 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Engrave this Quote A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Attitude
Engrave this Quote He was always leaning forward, pushing something invisible ahead of him.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote 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?
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Engrave this Quote Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Engrave this Quote When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Character
Engrave this Quote While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Class
Engrave this Quote 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).
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Comedy
Engrave this Quote The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Conflict
Engrave this Quote Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Conformity & Nonconformity
Engrave this Quote Why do you have to a nonconformist like everybody else?
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Death
Engrave this Quote But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Engrave this Quote Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Dignity
Engrave this 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Dissent
Engrave this Quote Discussion in America means dissent.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber
Driving
Engrave this Quote A peril of the night road is that flecks of dust and streaks of bug blood on the windshield look to me like old admirals in uniform, or crippled apple women, or the front edge of barges, and I whirl out of their way, thus going into ditches and fields and up on front lawns, endangering the life of authentic admirals and apple women who may be out on the roads for a breath of air before retiring.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber, on driving with poor eyesight
Economics
Engrave this Quote 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.
Engrave this quote in Our Store! | Rate this Quote! | Tell a Friend

-James Thurber

Rows: 1 - 25 of 58

1 2 3 | Next 25 >>

Page: 1 of 3

 


Copyright © 1997-2001 Quoteland.com, Inc., all rights reserved unless otherwise noted.  

 
Quoteland would like to thank Quotations Book for its extensive contribution to our database
Follow Quoteland on twitter: