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You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward. If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.

One has but to spend a few days with an aardvark or llama, command a water buffalo to sit up and beg or try to housebreak a moose, to perceive how wisely Man set about his process of elimination and selection.

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The piece was "a response" to an award Thurber received from the Ohioana Library Association in The man went up to the bedroom where his wife was still asleep and woke her. In My Life and Hard Times, humorist James Thurber looks back fifteen years to relate nine stories that illustrate the oddball family conditions in which he grows up in the era of World War I. Quoted in The Observer London, 5 February Narrator, p. In "The Night the Bed Fell," Mother fears that Father will be killed in the heavy attic bed, and when she hears James' cot collapse, assumes that it has happened. The last time comes on comes Armistice Day. We all know that, as the old adage has it, "It is later than you think. New York Times Magazine 7 December 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 Swallow rejects the offer to come along with others and prove the Goldfinch wrong.

After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able somehow to bear. Take women, for example. Quoted in The Observer London, 5 February Quoted in New York Post 29 February My drawings have been described as pre-intentionalist, meaning that they were finished before the ideas for them had occurred to me.

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.

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Since then Mrs. There must, as we know, be a comma after every move, made by men, on this earth. The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals.

Quoted from an an interview with Glenna Syse in Time Magazine New York, 15 August ; Time's editors corrected Thurber's arithmetic One martini is all right, two is too many, three is not enough.

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