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

— James Thurber

The most sentimental James Thurber quotes that will transform you to a better person

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

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

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

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

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

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Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

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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.

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Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

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The most dangerous food is wedding cake.

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The unicorn is a mythical beast.

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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.

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A false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.

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About James Thurber

Quotes 185 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Comedian
Birthday December 8, 1894

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.

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Love is what you've been through with somebody.

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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.

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

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Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.

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

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

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

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

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I have lived in the East for nearly thirty years now, but many of my books prove that I am never very far away from Ohio in my thoughts, and that the clocks that strike in my dreams are often the clocks of Columbus.

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Humor does not include sarcasm, invalid irony, sardonicism, innuendo, or any other form of cruelty. When these things are raised to a high point they can become wit, but unlike the French and the English, we have not been much good at wit since the days of Benjamin Franklin.

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The things we laugh at are awful while they are going on, but get funny when we look back. And other people laugh because they've been through it too. The closest thing to humor is tragedy.

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

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

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

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

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

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Beautiful things don't ask for attention.

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A lady of 47 who has been married 27 years and has six children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: 'Love is what you've been through with somebody'.

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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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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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Humor and pathos, tears and laughter are, in the highest expression of human character and achievement, inseparable.

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The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.

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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.

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

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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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I don't believe the writer should know too much where he's going.

If he does, he runs into old man blueprint—old man propaganda.

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Reason is 6/7 of treason.

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Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.

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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.

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A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps.

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He who hesitates is sometimes saved.

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Man is flying too fast for a world that is round.

Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.

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

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There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.

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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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