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

  • Anger

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

  • Wisdom

Love is what you've been through with somebody.

  • Love

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

  • Comedy



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

  • Purpose

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

  • Conflict

It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all.

  • Laziness

Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.

  • Authors

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

  • Light

Why do you have to a nonconformist like everybody else?

  • Conformity

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

  • Persuasion

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

  • Questions

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

  • anger

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

  • Trust

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

  • beliefs

Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.

  • Death

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

  • Humor

The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms

  • Laughter

Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.

  • Art

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

  • Artist

He was always leaning forward, pushing something invisible ahead of him.

  • Attitude

When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.

  • Authors

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.

  • Haste

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

  • Love

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

  • Thought

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

  • Travel

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

  • artist

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.

  • believe

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

  • enough

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

  • glare


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Where is James Thurber from? James Thurber is American. A recognized comedian. The following quotations and images represent the American peculiarities embed in James Thurber's character.

What James Thurber was famous for? James Thurber is famous comedian with many good quotes. Wise sayings can be accessed and memorized. James Thurber is well-known and respected in American society.

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James Thurber quotes about humor

What are the best humor quotations by James Thurber?

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

  • Humor

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.

  • Humor

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.

  • Humor

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.

  • allows

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James Thurber quotes about purpose

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

  • Purpose

Every man is occasionally visited by the suspicion that the planet on which he is riding is not really going anywhere; that the Force which controls its measured eccentricities hasn't got anything special in mind. If he broods on this somber theme long enough he gets the doleful idea that the laughing children on a merry-go-round or the thin, fine hands of a lady's watch are revolving more purposely than he is.

  • Purpose

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.

  • apart

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James Thurber quotes about the

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

  • Artist

My drawings have been described as pre-internationalist, meaning that they were finished before the ideas for them had occurred to me. I shall not argue the point.

  • Artist

If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.

  • Theater

Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.

  • Universe

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Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.

  • Authors

When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.

  • Authors

Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style? and avoid How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?

  • Authors

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Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.

  • Authors

When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.

  • Authors

Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style? and avoid How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?

  • Authors

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We all have faults, and mine is being wicked.

  • being

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

  • anything

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.

  • quotes

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

  • Age



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.

  • Age

It takes that je ne sais quoi which we call sophistication for a woman to be magnificent in a drawing-room when her faculties have departed but she herself has not yet gone home.

  • AlcoholAlcoholism

The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.

  • Apathy

My drawings have been described as pre-internationalist, meaning that they were finished before the ideas for them had occurred to me. I shall not argue the point.

  • Artist

Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style? and avoid How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?

  • Authors

While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.

  • Character

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).

  • Class

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.

  • Comedy

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

  • Death

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.

  • Dignity

Discussion in America means dissent.

  • Dissent

A peril of the night road is that flecks of dust and streaks of bug blood on the windshield look to me like old admirals in uniform, or crippled apple women, or the front edge of barges, and I whirl out of their way, thus going into ditches and fields and up on front lawns, endangering the life of authentic admirals and apple women who may be out on the roads for a breath of air before retiring.

  • Driving

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

  • Economics

We all know that the theater and every play that comes to Broadway have within themselves, like the human being, the seed of self-destruction and the certainty of death. The thing is to see how long the theater, the play, and the human being can last in spite of themselves.

  • Entertainment

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.

  • Film

From one casual of mine he picked this sentence. 'After dinner, the men moved into the living room'. I explained to the professor that this was Ross's way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up. There must, as we know, be a comma after every move, made by men, on this earth.

  • Grammar

One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight.

  • Humanity

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.

  • Humor

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.

  • Humor

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.

  • Interviews

I love the idea of there being two sexes, don't you?

  • Men

From now on, I think it is safe to predict, neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party will ever nominate for President a candidate without good looks, stage presence, theatrical delivery, and a sense of timing.

  • Presidency

In an extensive reading of recent books by psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and inspirationalists, I have discovered that they all suffer from one or more of these expression-complexes: italicizing, capitalizing, exclamation-pointing, multiple-interrogating, and itemizing. These are all forms of what the psychos themselves would call, if they faced their condition frankly, Rhetorical-Over-Compensation.

  • Psychology

Every man is occasionally visited by the suspicion that the planet on which he is riding is not really going anywhere; that the Force which controls its measured eccentricities hasn't got anything special in mind. If he broods on this somber theme long enough he gets the doleful idea that the laughing children on a merry-go-round or the thin, fine hands of a lady's watch are revolving more purposely than he is.

  • Purpose

I always begin at the left with the opening word of the sentence and read toward the right and I recommend this method.

  • Reading

Hundreds of hysterical persons must confuse these phenomena with messages from the beyond and take their glory to the bishop rather than the eye doctor.

  • Sight

But those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and warmly personal than bodily presence, an ineffable and eternal thing. It is everlasting life touching us as something more than a vague, recondite concept. The sound of a great name dies like an echo; the splendor of fame fades into nothing; but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed, like the haunting loveliness of mignonette.

  • Spirituality

If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.

  • Theater

Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.

  • Universe

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

  • Wine

Next to reasoning, the greatest handicap to the optimum development of Man lies in the fact that this planet is just barely habitable. Its minimum temperatures are too low, and its maximum temperatures too high. Its day is not long enough, and its night is too long. The disposition of its water and earth is distinctly unfortunate (the existence of the Mediterranean Sea in the place where we find it is perhaps the unhappiest accident in the whole firmament). These factors encourage depression, fear, war, and lack of vitality. They describe a planet, which is by no means perfectly devised for the nurturing or for the perpetuation of a higher intelligence.

  • World

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

  • Youth

The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.

  • apathetic

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.

  • allows

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.

  • clearly

Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.

  • funny

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

  • understand

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

  • blind

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

  • amused

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

  • anything

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

  • bed

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

  • women

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.

  • allergy

He who hesitates is sometimes saved.

  • hesitates

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.

  • apart

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).

  • ability

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

  • course

Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.

  • desperation

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

  • everybody

All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

  • aphorism

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When James Thurber was born? James Thurber was born on December 8, 1894.

Who is James Thurber? James Thurber biography. Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles L. Thurber and Mary Agnes (Mame) Fisher Thurber. Both of his parents greatly influenced his work. His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories. Thurber described his mother as a "born comedienne" and "one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known." She was a practical joker, on one occasion pretending to be crippled and attending a faith healer revival, only to jump up and proclaim herself healed.Thurber had two brothers, William and Robert. Once, while playing a game of William Tell, his brother William shot James in the eye with an arrow. Because of the lack of medical technology, Thurber lost his eye. This injury would later cause him to be almost entirely blind. During his childhood he was unable to participate in sports and activities because of his injury, and instead developed a creative imagination, which he shared in his writings.From 1913 to 1918, Thurber attended The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He never graduated from the University because his poor eyesight prevented him from taking a mandatory ROTC course. In 1995 he was posthumously awarded a degree.From 1918 to 1920, at the close of World War I, Thurber worked as a code clerk for the Department of State, first in Washington, D.C. and then at the American Embassy in Paris, France. After this Thurber returned to Columbus, where he began his writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch from 1921 to 1924. During part of this time, he reviewed current books, films, and plays in a weekly column called "Credos and Curios," a title that later would be given to a posthumous collection of his work. Thurber also returned to Paris in this period, where he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.In 1925, he moved to Greenwich Village in New York City, getting a job as a reporter for the New York Evening Post. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1927 as an editor with the help of his friend and fellow New Yorker contributor, E.B. White. His career as a cartoonist began in 1930 when White found some of Thurber's drawings in a trash can and submitted them for publication. Thurber would contribute both his writings and his drawings to The New Yorker until the 1950s.Thurber was married twice. In 1922, Thurber married Althea Adams. The marriage was troubled and ended in divorce in May 1935. Adams gave Thurber his only child, his daughter Rosemary. Thurber remarried in June, 1935 to Helen Wismer. His second marriage lasted until he died in 1961, at the age of 66, due to complications from pneumonia, which followed upon a stroke suffered at his home. His last words, aside from the repeated word "God," were "God bless... God damn," according to Helen Thurber.

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Similar Comedians

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