193 Total Quotes

James Thurber Quotes

James Thurber
From now on, I think it is safe to predict, neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party will ever nominate for President a candidate without good looks, stage presence, theatrical delivery, and a sense of timing.
James Thurber
#President

James Thurber
One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, co-operation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs. He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight.
James Thurber
#Humankind #Community

James Thurber
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
#Funny #American Comedian #Animals

James Thurber
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
#Funny #American Comedian #Boys

James Thurber
Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed -- but never the husband).
James Thurber
#Ability

James Thurber
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber
#Funny #American Comedian #Anger

James Thurber
If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.
James Thurber
#Theater

James Thurber
Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man.
James Thurber
#Funny #American Comedian

James Thurber
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.
James Thurber
#Funny #American Comedian

James Thurber
The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself
James Thurber
#Fun

James Thurber
The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them; Man, with his powers of reason, has reduced economics to the level of a farce which is at once funnier and more tragic than Tobacco Road.
James Thurber
#Funny #American Comedian #Animals

James Thurber
The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess
James Thurber
#Funny #Quote of the Day

James Thurber
There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
James Thurber
#Funny #American Comedian

James Thurber
We all know that the theater and every play that comes to Broadway have within themselves, like the human being, the seed of self-destruction and the certainty of death. The thing is to see how long the theater, the play, and the human being can last in spite of themselves.
James Thurber
#Broadway

James Thurber
Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person.
James Thurber
#American Comedian #Funny

James Thurber
Discussion in America means dissent.
James Thurber
#American Comedian