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James Thurber Quotes and Sayings

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Let us not look back in anger
or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
- James Thurber

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Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
- James Thurber

Love is what you've been through with somebody.
- James Thurber

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
- James Thurber


Humor is a serious thing.
I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources,
which must be preserved at all cost.
- James Thurber

The most dangerous food is wedding cake.
- James Thurber

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.
- James Thurber

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The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up
to its level of sagacity,
but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.
- James Thurber

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
- James Thurber

The sanity of the average banquet speaker lasts about two and a half months;
at the end of that time he begins to mutter to himself,
and calls out in his sleep.
- James Thurber

Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one
person on account of another person.
- James Thurber

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
- James Thurber

Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.
- James Thurber

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding,
at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.
- James Thurber

You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.
- James Thurber

If I have any beliefs about immortality,
it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven,
and very, very few persons.
- James Thurber

A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.
- James Thurber

With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed
inflammation of the sentence structure and definite
hardening of the paragraphs.
- James Thurber

All men kill the thing they hate, too,
unless, of course, it kills them first.
- James Thurber

A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense.
- James Thurber

There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates,
and the glare that obscures.
- James Thurber

The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog,
for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the
more laughable of the two animals.
- James Thurber

Man has gone long enough, or even too long,
without being man enough to face the simple truth that
the trouble with man is man.
- James Thurber

The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste,
and the only limitations those of libel.
- James Thurber

But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion?
What is the matter with the soft Darkness,
the Dreamless Sleep?
- James Thurber

It is better to have loafed and lost,
than never to have loafed at all.
- James Thurber

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead
to confusion and unhappiness.
- James Thurber

Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy,
wealthy, and dead.
- James Thurber

Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
- James Thurber

We all have faults, and mine is being wicked.
- James Thurber

It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding,
but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
- James Thurber

Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.
- James Thurber

The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its
artists and writers to become suspected rather than
respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.
- James Thurber

The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears,
and takes more forms hollow, heartless,
mirthless, maniacal.
- James Thurber

There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died,
in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth.
- James Thurber

He who hesitates is sometimes saved.
- James Thurber

One martini is all right.
Two are too many, and three are not enough.
- James Thurber

I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines
can tell this at a glance -
a sharp,
vindictive glance.
- James Thurber

Man is flying too fast for a world that is round.
Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.
- James Thurber

Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?
- James Thurber

Comedy has to be done en clair.
You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity.
Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.
- James Thurber

All men should strive to learn before they die,
what they are running from, and to, and why.
- James Thurber

I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.
- James Thurber

Don't get it right, just get it written.
- James Thurber

Laughter need not be cut out of anything,
since it improves everything.
- James Thurber

The past is an old armchair in the attic,
the present an ominous ticking sound,
and the future is anybody's guess.
- James Thurber

There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.
- James Thurber

Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy,
they are only half complete as artist and as man.
- James Thurber

Discussion in America means dissent.
- James Thurber

Progress was all right.
Only it went on too long.
- James Thurber

Last night I dreamed of a small consolation enjoyed only by the blind:
Nobody knows the trouble I've not seen!
- James Thurber

There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.
- James Thurber

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.
- James Thurber

The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent
knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them;
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.
- James Thurber

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.
- James Thurber

The appreciative smile, the chuckle,
the soundless mirth,
so important to the success of comedy,
cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience
and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter
that the audience takes home with it.
- James Thurber

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).
- James Thurber

I used to wake up at 4 A.M.
and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours.
I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but
finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.
- James Thurber

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.
- James Thurber

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

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