Sinclair Lewis

1885 - 1951

A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on freedom, democracy, fascism, and religion

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on people

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People will buy anything that is one to a customer.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on elections, obedience, protest, and writers

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile. In protest, I declined election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters some years ago and now I must decline the Pulitzer Prize. He became a member of the National Institute in 1935.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

Source: Letter declining the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Arrowsmith, 1926

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on baseball and eternity

A sensational event was changing from the brown suit to the gray the contents of his pockets. He was earnest about these objects. They were of eternal importance, like baseball or the Republican Party.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

Source: Babbitt, 1922, ch. 1

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on love

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What is love? . . . It is the morning and the evening star.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

Source: Elmer Gantry, 1927, ch. 20

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis

It Can't Happen Here.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

Source: Title of book, 1935

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on courage

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Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on advertising and economics

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, especially if the goods are worthless.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on clarity, death, literature, and purity

Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead. Address in Stockholm on receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, December 12, 1930.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

Source: Title of address: The American Fear of Literature.

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A Quote by Sinclair Lewis on people

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His name was George F. Babbitt, and . . . he was nimble in the calling of selling houses for more than people could afford to pay.

Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

Source: Babbitt, 1922, ch. 1

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