Happiness, to me, lies in stretching, to the farthest boundaries of which we are capable, the resources of the mind and heart.
Anyone who is happy all the time is nuts.
Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
In the dark colony of night, when I consider man’s magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
Topics: Reading, Books
Extremists think “communication” means agreeing with them.
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.
Topics: Goals, Compassion, Helping, Motivational, Aspirations
I sometimes think there is a dimension beyond the four of experience and Einstein: insight, that fifth dimension which promises to liberate us from bondage to the long, imperfect past
Courage is capacity to confront what cannot be imagined.
Satire is focused bitterness.
Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
First-rate men hire first-rate men;
second-rate men hire third-rate men.
I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
Topics: Authors & Writing, Writing, Writers, Communication
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
We see things as we are, not as they are.
If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.
Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
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