Ragtime was a fanfare for the 20th century.

— Russell Lynes

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Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.

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The Art Snob can be recognized in the home by the quick look he gives the pictures on your walls, quick but penetrating, as though he were undressing them. This is followed either by complete and pained silence or a comment such as 'That's really a very pleasant little water color you have there.

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Camouflage is a game we all like to play

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No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.

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It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.

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The true snob never rests; there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon.

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Are you always this stupid or are you making a special effort today?

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Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go.

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Brains aren't everything. In fact in your case they're nothing.

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If you can't ignore an insult, top it;

if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.

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Don't let you mind wander - it's far too small to be let out on its own.

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Anybody who told you to be yourself simply couldn't have given you worse advice.

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About Russell Lynes

Quotes 49 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.

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The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

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Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.

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What we are headed for is a sort of social structure in which the highbrows are the elite, the middlebrows are the bourgeoisie and the lowbrows are hoi polloi.

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Calling you an idiot would be an insult to all the stupid people.

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Friends never make assumptions about you.

They never expect a reason to go out with you. In fact friends only expect you to be you.

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I don't know what makes you so dumb but it really works.

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The shaping of taste is essentially the science of merchandising, whether of detergents or cars or books or objects of fine and decorative art.

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Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.

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In my estimation, the only thing that is more to be guarded against than bad taste is good taste.

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I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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The Good Quality Snob, or wearer of muted tweeds, cut almost exactly the same from year to year, often with a hat of the same material, [is] native to the Boston North Shore, the Chicago North Shore, the North Shore of Long Island, to Westchester County, the Philadelphia Main Line and the Peninsula area of San Francisco.

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Hi there, I'm a human being! What are you?

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A truly appreciative child will break, lose, spoil, or fondle to death any really successful gift within a matter of minutes.

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The most effective comeback to an insult is silence.

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Your village just called. They're missing an idiot.

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If you took an IQ test, the results would be negative.

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Shouldn't you have a license for being that ugly?

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I'd love to ask how old you are, but unfortunately I know you can't count that high.

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Sure, I've seen people like you before - but I had to pay an admission.

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Sure, I'd love to help you out...now, which way did you come in?

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The true snob never rests: there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon.

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There are times when you just get down, you feel like nobody likes you.

We're in high school forever. It's just what we do with it.

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Clutter is what happens to things when they become useless but friendly.

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A lady is a woman who makes a man behave like a gentleman.

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I'm sorry, I'm a little busy. Can i ignore you later?

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The Art Snob will stand back from a picture at some distance, his head cocked slightly to one side

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Wasting time is negative, but there is something positive about idleness.

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For all its flexibility, television is more a mirror of taste than a shaper of it.

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The world of the arts is by no means always comfortable, but neither is it likely ever to be boring. It is full of surprises, humor, traps for the unwary, and challenges to smugness. It is a world of moods as well as of revelation, of beliefs and fears, of unpleasant truth as well as of delicious fantasy. Perhaps it is arrogant to say that anyone who does not venture into this world is only half-interested in life. I say it, nonetheless.

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A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide.

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Any real New Yorker is a you-name-it-we-have-it-snob whose heart brims with sympathy for the millions of unfortunates who through misfortune, misguidedness or pure stupidity live anywhere else in the world.

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The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it;

if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved.

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And I thought I had problems? Look at your face!

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There is a distinction to be drawn between true collectors and accumulators.

Collectors are discriminating; accumulators act at random. The Collyer brothers, who died among the tons of newspapers and trash with which they filled every cubic foot of their house so that they could scarcely move, were a classic example of accumulators, but there are many of us whose houses are filled with all manner of things that we "can't bear to throw away.

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Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.

It is the dishonest businessman's substitute for conscience. It is the communicator's substitute, whether he is advertising man or editor or writer, for self-respect.

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