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Clifton Fadiman
May 15, 1904 - June 20, 1999
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one.


The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest.


A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself.


Gertrude Stein was masterly in making nothing happen very slowly.


Cheese is milk's leap towards immortality.


Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.


As between mileage and experience choose experience.


For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.


When you read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.


I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation.


My main recollection is of the work I had to do in order to eat.


Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.


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