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Peter De Vries
February 27, 1910 - September 28, 1993
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.


My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.


Let us hope, that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring.


Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.


The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly.


A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.


We must love one another, yes, yes, that's all true enough, but nothing says we have to like each other.


The rich aren't like us, they pay less taxes.


The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.


When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.


I wanted to be bored to death, as good a way to go as any.


The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.


Pain is the question mark turned like a fishhook in the human heart.


Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.


The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.


I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.


Celibacy is the worst form of self-abuse.


The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.


Words fashioned with somewhat over precise diction are like shapes turned out by a cookie cutter.


We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.


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