James Thurber Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old James Thurber quotes, James Thurber sayings, and James Thurber proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Laughter need not be cut out of anything, since it improves everything.     

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Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.     

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Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.     

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All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first.     

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Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.     

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There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.     

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Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.     

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Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.     

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Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.     

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One martini is alright, two is too many, three is not enough.     

James Thurber

Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.     

James Thurber

Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.     

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A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.     

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If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people.     

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Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.     

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Sanity, soundness, and sincerity, of which gleams and strains can still be found in the human brain under powerful microscopes, flourish only in a culture of clarification, which is now becoming harder and harder to detect with the naked eye.     

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All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.     

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One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.     

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There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.     

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He who hesitates is sometimes saved.     

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He who hesitates is sometimes saved.     

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There was a mist of moss to ride through and a storm of glass.     

James Thurber

Skepticism is a useful tool of the inquisitive mind, but it is scarcely a method of investigation.     

James Thurber

Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.     

James Thurber

He who hesitates is sometimes saved.     

James Thurber