Quotes by James Thurber


Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
– James Thurber
A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.
– James Thurber
A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense.
– James Thurber
All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first.
– James Thurber
All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.
– 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
But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?
– James Thurber
Discussion in America means dissent.
– James Thurber
Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.
– James Thurber
From one casual of mine he picked this sentence. After dinner, the men moved into the living room. I explained to the professor that this was Rose' way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up. There must, as we know, be a comma after every move, made by men, on this earth.
– James Thurber
He who hesitates is sometimes saved.
– James Thurber
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
– James Thurber
Hundreds of hysterical persons must confuse these phenomena with messages from the beyond and take their glory to the bishop rather than the eye doctor.
– James Thurber
I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.
– James Thurber
I'm 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be 48. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40.
– 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
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
It takes that je ne sais quoi which we call sophistication for a woman to be magnificent in a drawing-room when her faculties have departed but she herself has not yet gone home.
– James Thurber
It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
– James Thurber
Last night I dreamed of a small consolation enjoyed only by the blind: Nobody knows the trouble I've not seen!
– James Thurber