James Thurber

1894 - 1961

A Quote by James Thurber

I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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A Quote by James Thurber on questions

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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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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