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Max Eastman
January 4, 1883 - March 25, 1969
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.


Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.


It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.


People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.


A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.


Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.


The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them.


A smile is the universal welcome.


I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.


A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.


Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.


Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.


The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.


Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.


It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.


Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.


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