James Thurber

1894 - 1961

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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A Quote by James Thurber on confusion, kindness, thinking, and unhappiness

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.

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A Quote by James Thurber on women

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I hate women because they always know where things are.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

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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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