Sinclair Lewis

American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright

Lived from: 1885-1951

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Sinclair Lewis

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    Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
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    Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.
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    In America most of us are still afraid of any literature which is not a glorification of everything American, a glorification of our faults as well as our virtues.
    Source: Lezing bij aanvaarden Nobelprijs 12-12-1930
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    In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.
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    Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
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    Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.
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    Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.
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    The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, ''The trouble with this country is...''
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    There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
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    What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.
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