John Dos Passos Quotes

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John Dos Passos Quotes

In a moment when criticism shows a singular dearth of direction every man has to be a law unto himself in matters of theatre, writing, and painting. While the American Mercury and the new Ford continue to spread a thin varnish of Ritz over the whole United States there is a certain virtue in being unfashionable.
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The terrible thing about having New York go stale on you is that there's nowhere else. It's the top of the world.

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Between Don Quixote the mystic and Sancho Panza the sensualist there is no middle ground.

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So many Americans felt that their neighbor had no right to know more than they did.

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Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs.

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Breaking with old friends is one of the most painful of the changes in all that piling up of a multitude of small distasteful changes that constitutes growing older.

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Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.

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Display advertising and the movies, though they may dull the wits, certainly stimulate the eyes.

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Individuality is freedom lived.

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Three words that still have meaning, that I think we can apply to all professional writing, are discovery, originality, invention.The professional writer discovers some aspect of the world and invents out of the speech of his time some particularly apt and original way of putting it down on paper.

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Eh Bien you like this sacred pig of a country?" asked Marco. "Why not? I like it anywhere. It's all the same, in France you are paid badly and live well; here you are paid well and live badly.

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