quote by James Agee

And a human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep sea.

— James Agee

Most Powerful Tapeworm quotations

From the point of view of a tapeworm, man was created by God to serve the appetite of the tapeworm.

You have options when it comes to abortion now.

It's not like 1955 when you just had to kick her down a staircase and hope for the best... you feed her a tapeworm and hope it takes a left at the Y.

A peculiar fact about termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it goes always forward, eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

There are just two people entitled to refer to themselves as "we";

one is the editor and the other is the fellow with a tapeworm.

Lust is the base of most physical ills, and like a tapeworm in the system, it feeds on our best energies and vitality.

Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?

The only people who should use the possessive 'we' are kings, newspaper editors, and persons with tapeworms.

Blake expressed some doubt as to whether God had made the tiger.

But the tiger is in many ways an admirable animal. We have now to ask whether God made the tapeworm. And it is questionable whether an affirmative answer fits in either with what we know about the process of evolution or what many of us believe about the moral perfection of God.

My chief aim was to combat the view that there can be no true morality without supernatural sanctions. So I argued at length that the social, or altruistic, impulses are the real source of morality, and that an ethic based on these impulses has far more claim on our allegiance than an ethic based on obedience to the commands of a God who created tapeworms and cancer-cells.

It is never possible for a novelist to deny time inside the fabric of his novel: he must cling, however lightly, to the thread of his story, he must touch the interminable tapeworm, otherwise he becomes unintelligible, which, in his case, is a blunder.

Hemingway describes literary New York as a bottle full of tapeworms trying to feed on each other.

Mum said earlier what a lovely dress you’re wearing.

” Beryl’s eyebrows wriggled like two tiny tapeworms. “This?” she said. “But I’ve had this for years.” It was a beige dress that would have looked better on an eighty year-old. Any eighty-year-old, man or woman. “I think you’ve really grown into it,” Valkyrie said. “I always thought it was a little shapeless.” Valkyrie resisted the urge to say that was what she meant.