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“Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.”
James Thurber
“Beautiful things don't ask for attention.”
James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”
James Thurber
“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.”
James Thurber
“Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?”
James Thurber
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.”
James Thurber
“There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”
James Thurber
“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
James Thurber
“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. ”
James Thurber
“Walter Mitty: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
James Thurber
“You are all a lost generation," Gertrude Stein said to Hemingway. We weren't lost. We knew where we were, all right, but we wouldn't go home. Ours was the generation that stayed up all night.”
James Thurber, Selected Letters
tags: humor
“She wasn't much to look at but she was something to think about.”
James Thurber
“Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.”
James Thurber
tags: boys, men
“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.”
James Thurber
“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.”
James Thurber
“Love is what you've been through with somebody”
James Thurber
“Don't get it right, get it written.”
James Thurber
“Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?”
James Thurber, Collecting Himself: James Thurber On Writing And Writers, Humor And Himself
tags: humor
“I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.”
James Thurber
“There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.”
James Thurber
“I loathe the expression “What makes him tick.” It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solutions, 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. ”
James Thurber
“Remember laughter. You'll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After.”
James Thurber, The 13 Clocks
“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.”
James Thurber
“Sean O'Connell: Sometimes I don't. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”
James Thurber
“One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.”
James Thurber
“Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.”
James Thurber, The 13 Clocks
tags: time
“You can fool too many people, too much of the time.”
James Thurber
“The most dangerous food is wedding cake.”
James Thurber
“These are the days of bootleg love.”
James Thurber
“I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance.

James Thurber

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