65 Total Quotes

Mary McCarthy Quotes

The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author

Our mission is to provide legal services to impoverished individuals, and advance the rights and protections of the immigrant population.
Mary McCarthy
#Population

We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism
Mary McCarthy
#Bureaucracy

To care for the quarrels of the past, to identify oneself passionately with a cause that became, politically speaking, a losing cause with the birth of the modern world, is to experience a kind of straining against reality, a rebellious nonconformity that, again, is rare in America, where children are instructed in the virtues of the system they live under, as though history had achieved a happy ending in American civics.
Mary McCarthy
#Past #Catholicism

The theater is the only branch of art much cared for by people of wealth; like canasta, it does away with the brother of talk after dinner.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author #Art

Understanding is often a prelude to forgiveness, but they are not the same, and we often forgive what we cannot understand (seeing nothing else to do) and understand what we cannot pardon.
Mary McCarthy
#Forgiveness

We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author

You mustn't force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex
Mary McCarthy
#Force

In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality
Mary McCarthy
#Equality

People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author #Fear

Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility.
Mary McCarthy
#Race And Racism #Disease

In verity we are the poor. This humanity we would claim for ourselves is the legacy, not only of the Enlightenment, but of the thousands and thousands of European peasants and poor townspeople who came here bringing their humanity and their sufferings with them. It is the absence of a stable upper class that is responsible for much of the vulgarity of the American scene. Should we blush before the visitor for this deficiency?
Mary McCarthy
#Humanity #Poverty And The Poor

It has to be acknowledged that in capitalist society, with its herds of hippies, originality has become a sort of fringe benefit, a mere convention, accepted obsolescence, the Beatnik model being turned in for the Hippie model, as though strangely obedient to capitalist laws of marketing.
Mary McCarthy
#Originality #Twentieth Century

Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author

Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author #Age And Aging

I'm afraid I'm not sufficiently inhibited about the things that other women are inhibited about for me. They feel that you've given away trade secrets.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author #Women

The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof
Mary McCarthy
#America

An unrectified case of injustice has a terrible way of lingering, restlessly, in the social atmosphere like an unfinished question
Mary McCarthy
#Injustice

Congress-these, for the most part, illiterate hacks whose fancy vests are spotted with gravy and whose speeches, hypocritical, unctuous and slovenly, are spotted also with the gravy of political patronage.
Mary McCarthy
#Congress

I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.
Mary McCarthy
#American Author

To be disesteemed by people you don't have much respect for is not the worst fate.
Mary McCarthy
#Fate