James Thurber Quotes

Who the Hell is James Thurber?

James Thurber was an American cartoonist, author and playwright known for the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which was made into two Hollywood movies.

Born December 08, 1894
Died November 02, 1961

Books by James Thurber


Best 17 Quotes by James Thurber

“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”

James Thurber

“Art – the one achievement of man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.”

James Thurber

“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.”

James Thurber

“I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.”

James Thurber

“I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.”

James Thurber

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

James Thurber

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

James Thurber

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

James Thurber

“She wasn't much to look at but she was something to think about.”

James Thurber

“The most dangerous food is wedding cake.”

James Thurber

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

James Thurber

“There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.”

James Thurber

“Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer.”

James Thurber

“Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?”

James Thurber

“Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?”

James Thurber

"The 13 Clocks" Quotes

“I can feel a thing I cannot touch and touch a thing I cannot feel. The first is sad and sorry, the second is your heart.”

James Thurber
The 13 Clocks

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" Quotes

“Beautiful things don't ask for attention.”

James Thurber
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty