Quotes by Max Eastman

Max Eastman

American writer on literature, philosophy and society

Alive from: 1883-1969

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
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    A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
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    Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
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    Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
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    The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
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