When fascism comes to the United States it will be wrapped in the American flag and will claim the name of 100-percent Americanism

— Sinclair Lewis

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She did her work with the thoroughness of a mind which reveres details and never quite understands them.

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I am convinced that everything that is worth while in the world has been accomplished by the free, inquiring, critical spirit, and that the preservation of this spirit is more important than any social system whatsoever. But the men of ritual and the men of barbarism are capable of shutting up the men of science and silencing them forever.

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It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.

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Being a man given to oratory and high principles, he enjoyed the sound of his own vocabulary and the warmth of his own virtue.

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Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country;

emotionally I know she is better than every other country.

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Under a tyranny, most friends are a liability.

One quarter of them turn "reasonable" and become your enemies, one quarter are afraid to speak, and one quarter are killed and you die with them. But the blessed final quarter keep you alive.

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When facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag.

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I must say I'm not very fond of oratory that's so full of energy it hasn't any room for facts.

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There is no greater compliment to the Jews than the fact that the degree of their unpopularity is always the scientific measure of the cruelty and silliness of the regime under which they live.

29

Men die, but the plutocracy is immortal;

and it is necessary that fresh generations should be trained to its service.

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Life is hard and astonishingly complicated.

... No one great reform will make it easy. Most of us who work -- or want to work -- will always have trouble or discontent. So we must learn to be calm, and train all our faculties, and make others happy.

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Love is the one thing that can really sure-enough lighten all of life's dark clouds.

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About Sinclair Lewis

Quotes 100 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.

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Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.

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I can not understand why ministers presume to deliver sermons every week at appointed hours because it is humanly impossible for inspirations to come with clock-like regularity

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He loved the people just as much as he feared and detested persons.

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Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.

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What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.

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To a true-blue professor of literature in an American university, literature is not something that a plain human being, living today, painfully sits down to produce. No; it is something dead.

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The greatest mystery about a human being is not his reaction to sex or praise, but the manner in which he contrives to put in twenty-four hours a day. It is this which puzzles the longshoreman about the clerk, the Londoner about the bushman.

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Cure the evils of Democracy by the evils of Fascism! Funny therapeutics! I've heard of their curing syphilis by giving the patient malaria, but I've never heard of their curing malaria by giving the patient syphilis.

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In everything was the spirit of children's play - not the rule-ridden, time-killing play of adults that is a preparation for death, but the busy and credulous play of children that is a preparation for life.

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A man takes a drink, the drink takes another, and the drink takes the man.

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The middle class, that prisoner of the barbarian 20th century.

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A sensational event was changing from the brown suit to the gray the contents of his pockets. He was earnest about these objects. They were of eternal importance, like baseball or the Republican Party.

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In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.

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On the whole, with scandalous exceptions, Democracy has given the ordinary worker more dignity than he ever had.

3

He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something;

he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.

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When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we'll be funnier to look at than to read.

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Do you think it's so snobbish, to want to see something besides one's fellow citizens abroad?

3

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.

3

Thus Carol hit upon the tragedy of old age, which is not that it is less vigorous than youth, but that it is not needed by youth.

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There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.

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Except for half a dozen in each town the citizens are proud of that achievement of ignorance which is so easy to come by. To be 'intellectual' or 'artistic' or, in their own word, to be 'highbrow,' is to be priggish and of dubious virtue.

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Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.

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Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.

2

Indians, of course, have no "theology," and indeed no word for the system of credulity in which the white priests arrange for God, who must be entirely bewildered by it, a series of excuses for his failures.

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Intellectually I know America is no better than any other country;

emotionally I know she is better than every other country.

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She was snatched back from a dream of far countries, and found herself on Main Street.

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The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, The trouble with this country is...

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Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.

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When you think that most of us are doomed by divine grace to roast in hell, to say nothing of mortgages and hail and bad crops and extravagant womenfolks, 'tain't any laughing matter!

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If there is anything worse than the aching tedium of staring out of car windows, it is the irritation of getting tickets, packing, finding trains, lying in bouncing berths, washing without water, digging out passports, and fighting through customs. To live in Carlsbad is seemly and to loaf at San Remo healing to the soul, but to get from Carlsbad to San Remo is of the devil.

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Most troubles are unnecessary. We have Nature beaten; we can make her grow wheat; we can keep warm when she sends blizzards. So we raise the devil just for pleasure--wars, politics, race-hatreds, labor-disputes.

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Is it possible that nobody has ever known that there never has been a completely civilized man, and won't be for another thousand years?

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It is, I think, an error to believe that there is any need of religion to make life seem worth living.

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Paris is one of the largest, and certainly it is the pleasantest, of modern American cities.

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Curiously, neither God nor the devil may wear modern dress, but must retain Grecian vestments.

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I was brought up to believe that the Christian God wasn't a scared and compromising public servant, but the creator of the whole merciless truth, and I reckon that training spoiled me - I actually took my teachers seriously!

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