George Jean Nathan Quotes

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George Jean Nathan was an American drama critic and magazine editor.

Born February 14, 1882
Died April 08, 1958

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Best 55 Quotes by George Jean Nathan

“A broken heart is a monument to a love that will never die; fulfillment is a monument to a love that is already on its deathbed.”

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“A ham is simply any actor who has not been successful in repressing his natural instincts.”

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“A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.”

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“A man admires a woman not for what she says, but what she listens to.”

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“A man may be said to love most truly that woman in whose company he can feel drowsy in comfort.”

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“A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.”

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“A man's wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart.”

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“A ready way to lose your friend is to lend him money. Another equally ready way to lose him is to refuse to lend him money. It is six of one and a half dozen of the other.”

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“All one has to do to gather a large crowd in New York is to stand on the curb a few minutes and gaze intently at the sky.”

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“All that is necessary to raise imbecility into what the mob regards as profundity is to lift it off the floor and put it on a platform.”

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“An abstainer is the sort of man you wouldn't want to drink with even if he did.”

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“An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut.”

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“An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.”

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“Art is the sex of imagination.”

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“Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.”

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“Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.”

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“Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.”

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“Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.

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“Drama - what literature does at night.”

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“Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.”

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“I have yet to find a man worth his salt in any direction who did not think of himself first and foremost.”

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“I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink.”

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“Impersonal criticism is like an impersonal fist fight or an impersonal marriage, and as successful.”

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“In the theatre, a hero is one who believes that all women are ladies, a villain one who believes that all ladies are women.”

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“It is also said of me that I now and then contradict myself. Yes, I improve wonderfully as time goes on.”

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“It is the mark of a superior person that, left to themselves they are able endlessly to amuse, interest and entertain themselves out of their personal stock of meditations, ideas, criticisms, memories, philosophy, humor and what not.”

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“Like everybody else, when I don't know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds.”

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“Love demands infinitely less than friendship.”

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“Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.”

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“Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.”

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“Marriage is based on the theory that when a man discovers a brand of beer exactly to his taste, he should at once throw up his job and go to work in the brewery.”

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“Men go to the theatre to forget; women, to remember.”

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“Musicals are to the theater what wines are to a substantial dinner.”

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“My code of life and conduct is simply this: work hard, play to the allowable limit, disregard equally the good and bad opinion of others, never do a friend a dirty trick, eat and drink what you feel like when you feel like, never grow indignant over anything, trust to tobacco for calm and serenity, bathe twice a day, learn to play at least one musical instrument and then play it only in private, never allow one's self even a passing thought of death, never contradict anyone or seek to prove anything to anyone unless one gets paid for it in cold, hard coin, live the moment to the utmost of its possibilities, treat one's enemies with polite inconsideration, avoid persons who are chronically in need, and be satisfied with life always but never with one's self.”

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“Opening Night: The night before the play is ready to open.”

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“Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.”

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“Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.”

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“Sex touches the heavens only when it simultaneously touches the gutter and the mud.”

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“Shaw writes plays for the ages, the ages between five and twelve.”

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“So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater.”

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“The dramatic critic who is without prejudice is on the plane with the general who does not believe in taking human life.”

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“The notion that as a man grows older his illusions leave him is not quite true. What is true is that his early illusions are supplanted by new, and to him, equally convincing illusions.”

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“The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.”

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“The sweetest memory is that which involves something which one should not have done; the bitterest, that which involves something which one should not have done, and which one did not do.”

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“The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.”

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“The triumph of sugar over diabetes.”

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“There is no legimate actor who can resist the powerful lure of the movies. It isn't the money that fetches him. It isn't the great publicity. It is simply this: the movies enable an actor to look at himself.”

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“What passes for woman’s intuition is often nothing more than man’s transparency.”

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“Whenever a man encounters a woman in a mood he doesn't understand, he wants to know if she's tired.”

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“Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics. Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.”

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“I drink to make other people seem more interesting.”

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"The House of Satan" Quotes

“Criticism is the art wherewith a critic tries to guess himself into a share of the artist’s fame.”

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The House of Satan

"The World in Falseface" Quotes

“Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.”

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The World in Falseface

“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.”

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The World in Falseface

“To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.”

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The World in Falseface