James Thurber

James Thurber

American cartoonist

Lived from: 1894-1961

Category: Comedians and humor | Artists

Quotes: James Thurber

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    Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.
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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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    Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition, but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast, which satisfies a native American urge.
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    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.
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    The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.
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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 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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    There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
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    We all know that the theater and every play that comes to Broadway have within themselves, like the human being, the seed of self-destruction and the certainty of death. The thing is to see how long the theater, the play, and the human being can last in spite of themselves.
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    Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
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    When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.
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    While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
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    Why do you have to a nonconformist like everybody else?
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    With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.