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James Thurber
December 8, 1894 - November 2, 1961
Nationality: American
Category: Comedian
Subcategory: American Comedian

Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.


The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.


Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.


Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition, but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast, which satisfies a native American urge.


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


I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.


All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.


Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.


Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.


Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.


Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?


The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.


It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.


There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.


Don't get it right, just get it written.


A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense.


Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.


Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.


Love is what you've been through with somebody.


But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?


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