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James Thurber Quotes: "There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."

There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.




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

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




James Thurber Quotes: "Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more."

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



James Thurber Quotes: "Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long."

Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.




James Thurber Quotes: "I hate women because they always know where things are."

I hate women because they always know where things are.



James Thurber Quotes: "All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why."

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



James Thurber Quotes: "Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.




James Thurber Quotes: "Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness."

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



James Thurber Quotes: "The most dangerous food is wedding cake."

The most dangerous food is wedding cake.



James Thurber Quotes: "The unicorn is a mythical beast."

The unicorn is a mythical beast.



James Thurber Quotes: "Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man."

Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.



James Thurber Quotes: "Art – the one achievement of man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised"

Art – the one achievement of man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised




James Thurber Quotes: "A false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act."

A false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.



James Thurber Quotes: "The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth."

The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.



James Thurber Quotes: "I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere."

I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.



James Thurber Quotes: "The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his."

The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.



James Thurber Quotes: "Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer."

Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.



James Thurber Quotes: "I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance."

I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance.



James Thurber Quotes: "If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.



James Thurber Quotes: "There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception."

There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.



James Thurber Quotes: "One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough."

One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.



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

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



James Thurber Quotes: "A burden in the bush is worth two on your hands."

A burden in the bush is worth two on your hands.



James Thurber Quotes: "Love is what you've been through with somebody."

Love is what you've been through with somebody.



James Thurber Quotes: "The act of writing is either something the writer dreads or actually likes, and I actually like it. Even re-writing's fun. You're getting somewhere, whether it seems to move or not."

The act of writing is either something the writer dreads or actually likes, and I actually like it. Even re-writing's fun. You're getting somewhere, whether it seems to move or not.



James Thurber Quotes: "The things we laugh at are awful while they are going on, but get funny when we look back. And other people laugh because they've been through it too. The closest thing to humor is tragedy."

The things we laugh at are awful while they are going on, but get funny when we look back. And other people laugh because they've been through it too. The closest thing to humor is tragedy.



James Thurber Quotes: "You can fool too many of the people too much of the time."

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.



James Thurber Quotes: "Beautiful things don't ask for attention."

Beautiful things don't ask for attention.



James Thurber Quotes: "The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess."

The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.



James Thurber Quotes: "Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?"

Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?



James Thurber Quotes: "Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness."

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.



James Thurber Quotes: "I myself have known some profoundly thoughtful dogs."

I myself have known some profoundly thoughtful dogs.



James Thurber Quotes: "Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?"

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



James Thurber Quotes: "A lady of 47 who has been married 27 years and has six children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: 'Love is what you've been through with somebody'."

A lady of 47 who has been married 27 years and has six children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: 'Love is what you've been through with somebody'.



James Thurber Quotes: "I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed."

I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.



James Thurber Quotes: "Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years."

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.



James Thurber Quotes: "Humor and pathos, tears and laughter are, in the highest expression of human character and achievement, inseparable."

Humor and pathos, tears and laughter are, in the highest expression of human character and achievement, inseparable.



James Thurber Quotes: "The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself."

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.



James Thurber Quotes: "Writers of comedy have outlook, whereas writers of tragedy have, according to them, insight."

Writers of comedy have outlook, whereas writers of tragedy have, according to them, insight.



James Thurber Quotes: "The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms -hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal."

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



James Thurber Quotes: "I don't believe the writer should know too much where he's going. If he does, he runs into old man blueprint—old man propaganda."

I don't believe the writer should know too much where he's going. If he does, he runs into old man blueprint—old man propaganda.



James Thurber Quotes: "A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps."

A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps.



James Thurber Quotes: "The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals"

The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals



James Thurber Quotes: "Don't count your boobies until they are hatched."

Don't count your boobies until they are hatched.



James Thurber Quotes: "Reason is 6/7 of treason."

Reason is 6/7 of treason.



James Thurber Quotes: "Progress was all right. Only it went on too long."

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



James Thurber Quotes: "Americans want to go to heaven without dying."

Americans want to go to heaven without dying.



James Thurber Quotes: "Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation."

Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.



James Thurber Quotes: "She wasn't much to look at but she was something to think about."

She wasn't much to look at but she was something to think about.