James Thurber

1894 - 1961

A Quote by James Thurber on belief, certainty, dogs, heaven, and immortality

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 (1894 - 1961)

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A Quote by James Thurber on people and time

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

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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A Quote by James Thurber on death and heaven

Americans want to go to heaven without dying.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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A Quote by James Thurber

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

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

Source: Fables for Our Time, 1940

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A Quote by James Thurber on death

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And the little girl had approached the bed no nearer than thirty feet when she pulled out a pistol and shot the wolf dead; for even in a cap and nightgown a wolf looks no more like your grandmother than Calvin Coolidge looks like the Metro-Goldwyn lion. Moral: Little girls are not so easy to fool nowadays as they used to be.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

Source: a revision of "Little Red Riding Hood"

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A Quote by James Thurber on faults and kindness

It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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A Quote by James Thurber on justice and writing

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

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

Source: Memo to "New Yorker," 1959; first published in "New York Times Book Review," 4 Dec 1988

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A Quote by James Thurber

Well if this is the wrong number, why did you answer it?

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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A Quote by James Thurber on eternity, fame, grace, life, men, soul, and spirit

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.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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A Quote by James Thurber on dogs and success

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 (1894 - 1961)

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