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When fascism comes to the United States it will be wrapped in the American flag and will claim the name of 100-percent Americanism
She did her work with the thoroughness of a mind which reveres details and never quite understands them.
It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
Being a man given to oratory and high principles, he enjoyed the sound of his own vocabulary and the warmth of his own virtue.
The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, "The trouble with this country is...."
Sleep with me sleep with my dogs-
When facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag.
I must say I'm not very fond of oratory that's so full of energy it hasn't any room for facts.
There is no greater compliment to the Jews than the fact that the degree of their unpopularity is always the scientific measure of the cruelty and silliness of the regime under which they live.
Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on.
Men die, but the plutocracy is immortal; and it is necessary that fresh generations should be trained to its service.
Fascism will come to America wrapped in a flag.
Writers have a rare power not given to anyone else: we can bore people long after we are dead.
Love is the one thing that can really sure-enough lighten all of life's dark clouds.
It's one of our favorite American myths that broad plains necessarily make broad minds, and high mountains make high purpose.
Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.
I can not understand why ministers presume to deliver sermons every week at appointed hours because it is humanly impossible for inspirations to come with clock-like regularity
Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.
Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
Writing is just work-there's no secret. If you dictate or use a pen or type or write with your toes-it's still just work.
He loved the people just as much as he feared and detested persons.
To a true-blue professor of literature in an American university, literature is not something that a plain human being, living today, painfully sits down to produce. No; it is something dead.
A man takes a drink, the drink takes another, and the drink takes the man.
People read fiction for emotion-not information
You," Said Dr. Yavitch, "are a middle-road liberal, and you haven't the slightest idea what you want. I, being a revolutionist, know exactly what I want -- and what I want now is a drink.
We'd get sick on too many cookies, but ever so much sicker on no cookies at all.
The most important part of living is not the living but the pondering upon it.
When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we'll be funnier to look at than to read.
NOW is a fact that cannot be dodged.
So much in a revolution is nothing but waiting.
The middle class, that prisoner of the barbarian 20th century.
It has not yet been recorded that any human being has gained a very large or permanent contentment from meditation upon the fact that he is better off than others.
Do you think it's so snobbish, to want to see something besides one's fellow citizens abroad?
Thus Carol hit upon the tragedy of old age, which is not that it is less vigorous than youth, but that it is not needed by youth.
On the whole, with scandalous exceptions, Democracy has given the ordinary worker more dignity than he ever had.
Curiously, neither God nor the devil may wear modern dress, but must retain Grecian vestments.
Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.
It isn't what you earn but how spend it that fixes your class.
Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.
Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.
You have more people that love you than you know.
Funny how the world always praises its opera-singers so much and pays 'em so well and then starves its shoemakers, and yet it needs good shoes so much more than it needs opera--or war or fiction.
Vast is the power of cities to reclaim the wanderer.
You're so earnest about morality that I hate to think how essentially immoral you must be underneath.
There are so many people in the world who are eager to do for you things that you do not wish done, provided only that you will do for them things that you don't wish to do.
She was snatched back from a dream of far countries, and found herself on Main Street.
I love America, but I don't like it.
There are two insults which no human being will endure: The assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
People will buy anything that is one to a customer.