James Thurber Quotes

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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

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Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog.
– James Thurber

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A husband should not insult his wife publicly, at parties. He should insult her in the privacy of the home.
– James Thurber

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If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people.
– James Thurber

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Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
– James Thurber

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Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity.
– James Thurber

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The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.
– James Thurber

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The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.
– James Thurber

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Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost.
– James Thurber

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There are two kinds of light the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
– James Thurber

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

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I was seized by the stern hand of Compulsion, that dark, unseasonable Urge that impels women to clean house in the middle of the night.
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Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation.
– James Thurber

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There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.
– James Thurber

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Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty.
– James Thurber

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Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person.
– James Thurber

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Love is blind, but desire just doesn’t give a good goddamn.
– James Thurber

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The most dangerous food is wedding cake.
– James Thurber

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

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Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.
– James Thurber