Booth Tarkington

American novelist and dramatist

Lived from: 1869-1946

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    An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.
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    Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions.
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    Boyhood is the longest time in life for a boy. The last term of the school-year is made of decades, not of weeks, and living through them is like waiting for the millennium.
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    Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.
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    He had not yet learned that the only safe male rebuke to a scornful female is to stay away from her - especially if that is what she desires.
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    Major Amberson had made a fortune in 1873, when other people were losing fortunes, and the magnificence of the Ambersons began then.
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    Mr. Nelson Smock, arriving at his cottage in Maine on Friday afternoon for his weekly recuperation from Wall Street, paused in the hall and looked into the living room before going on in search of his wife.
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    Out of the north Atlantic a January storm came down in the night, sweeping the American coast with wind and snow and sleet upon a great oblique front from Nova Scotia to the Delaware capes.
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    People used to say of the two Oliphant brothers that Harlan Oliphant looked as if he lived in the Oliphant's house, but Dan didn't.
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    Superciliousness is not safe after all, because a person who forms the habit of wearing it may some day find his lower lip grown permanently projected beyond the upper, so that he can't get it back, and must go through life looking like the King of Spain.
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    Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously.
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    The middle-aged stranger whom I met by chance upon the lower rocks at Mary's Neck, that salt-washed promontory of the New England coast, was at first taciturn but became voluble when a little conversation developed the fact that we were both from the Midland country.
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    The only good in pretending is the fun we get out of fooling ourselves that we fool somebody.
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    There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink.
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    There is a midland city in the heart of fair, open country, a dirty and wonderful city nesting dingily in the fog of its own smoke.
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