James Thurber Quotes

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James Thurber Quotes

In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe, peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able somehow to bear.
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Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.

— James Thurber

Remember laughter. You'll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After.

— James Thurber

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

— James Thurber

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

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

It is hard for me to believe that Miss Groby ever saw any work of literature from far enough away to know what it meant. She was forever climbing up the margins of books and crawling between their lines for the little gold of phrase, making marks with a pencil. As Palamides hunted the Questing Beast, she hunted the Figure of Speech. She hunted it through the clangorous halls of Shakespeare and through the green forests of Scott.

— James Thurber

Books can be burned," croaked Black.
"They have a way of rising from the ashes," said Andreus.

— James Thurber

I would be the last person to say that madness is not a solution.

— James Thurber

Laughter need not be cut out of anything, since it improves everything.

— James Thurber

My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.

— James Thurber

The whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music ... it is worth anyone's while to dally here for years. Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in everything.

— James Thurber

The paths of glory at least lead to the Grave, but the paths of duty may not get you Anywhere.

— James Thurber

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