James Thurber

James Thurber

American cartoonist

Lived from: 1894-1961

Category: Comedians and humor | Artists

Quotes: James Thurber

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    Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
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    I always begin at the left with the opening word of the sentence and read toward the right and I recommend this method.
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    I love the idea of there being two sexes, don't you?
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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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    If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.
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    It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.
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    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.
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    It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
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    It's better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
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    Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
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    Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person.
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    Love is what you've been through with somebody.
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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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    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.
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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.