Inspiring quotes by James Thurber

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by James Thurber

  • Walter Mitty: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
  • All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
  • Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.
  • There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
  • If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
  • Sean O’Connell: Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.
  • You are all a lost generation,” Gertrude Stein said to Hemingway. We weren’t lost. We knew where we were, all right, but we wouldn’t go home. Ours was the generation that stayed up all night.
  • 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.
  • The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.
  • I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.
James Thurber

James Thurber (1894-1961) was an American author, cartoonist, humorist, and playwright known for his witty and imaginative works. He was born on December 8, 1894, in Columbus, Ohio, United States.

Thurber began his career as a journalist, working for various newspapers and magazines, including The Columbus Dispatch and The New Yorker. He became associated with The New Yorker in the 1920s and became one of the magazine’s most prominent contributors.

Thurber’s writing often featured absurd and fantastical elements, exploring the complexities of human nature and everyday life with a humorous and satirical touch. His stories, essays, and cartoons were characterized by a distinctive blend of wit, wordplay, and social commentary.

Some of Thurber’s most notable works include “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a short story about a daydreaming man that has become one of his most famous pieces, and “The Catbird Seat,” a satirical story about an office worker’s plot to eliminate an annoying colleague.

Aside from his writing, Thurber was also known for his cartoons, which often accompanied his stories. His drawings were simple but expressive, and he frequently used them to enhance the humor and meaning of his written work.

Throughout his career, Thurber received numerous accolades for his contributions to literature and humor. He was awarded the Tony Award for his play “A Thurber Carnival” in 1960, and in 1996, he was posthumously honored with a Special Pulitzer Prize for his lifetime contribution to American humor and literature.

James Thurber’s unique writing style and humorous observations continue to entertain and inspire readers today. His works have left a lasting impact on American literature and continue to be celebrated for their wit, imagination, and insightful social commentary.

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