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    "You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters."

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    James Thurber Quotes

    American author, cartoonist, humorist, & satirist
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    Quotes by James Thurber

    • All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
    • He knows all about art, but he doesn't know what he likes.
    • He who hesitates is sometimes saved.
    • Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
    • I hate women because they always know where things are.
    • I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.
    • 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.
    • It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy.
    • It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
    • Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.
    • The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.
    • The paths of glory at least lead to the grave, but the paths of duty may not get you any where.
    • 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.
    • There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
    • Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?
    • I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
      "Carpe Noctem, If You Can", in "Credos and Curios" (1962)
    • The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.
      in Edward R. Murrow television interview
    • Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house.
      My Life and Hard Times (1933)
    • Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
      New Yorker cartoon caption, June 5, 1937
    • You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.
      New Yorker, Apr. 29, 1939 "The Bear Who Let It Alone"
    • You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
      New Yorker, Apr. 29, 1939 "The Owl who was God"
    • Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.
      New Yorker, Feb. 18, 1939 "The Shrike and the Chipmunks"
    • There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.
      New Yorker, Feb. 4, 1939, "The Fairly Intelligent Fly"
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