29 Total Quotes

Max Eastman Quotes

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
Max Eastman
#American Author

A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Jokes

I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.
Max Eastman
#American Author

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Ability

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Humorous

A smile is the universal welcome.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Smile

Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Dogs

Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind
Max Eastman
#Choice

A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything
Max Eastman
#Mind

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Laughter

The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Facts

Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. What puts man in a higher state of evolution is that he has got his laugh on the right end.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Dogs

Chemical stimulation blunted the edge of Edna's otherwise so carefully cherished genius
Max Eastman
#Genius

Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
Max Eastman
#American Author

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
Max Eastman
#American Author #History

Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.
Max Eastman
#American Author #Lies And Lying

A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
Max Eastman
#American Author

People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
Max Eastman
#American Author

Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
Max Eastman
#American Author