In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.
Topics: Artists, Arts, Art
Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, “The trouble with this country is…”
He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.
Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.
What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.
A man takes a drink, the drink takes another, and the drink takes the man.
There are two insults no human will endure: the assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
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