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James Thurber

Geburtstag: 8. Dezember 1894
Todesdatum: 2. November 1961
Andere Namen: James Grover Thurber

James Grover Thurber war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Zeichner, der vor allem durch seine Kurzgeschichten und Fabeln bekannt wurde, die überwiegend in dem Magazin The New Yorker erstveröffentlicht wurden. Wikipedia

Zitate James Thurber

„Ein Martini ist genau richtig. Zwei sind zu viele. Drei sind nicht genug.“

—  James Thurber

zitiert im Time Magazine (New York, 15. August 1960) aus einem Interview mit Glenna Syse von der Chicago Sun-Times
Original engl.: "One (martini) is all right, two is too many, three is not enough."

„Du kannst genauso auf die Nase fallen, wie du dich zuweit zurücklehnen kannst.“

—  James Thurber

"The Bear Who Let It Alone", The New Yorker (29. April 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940)
Original engl.: "You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward."

„Comedy has to be done en clair.“

—  James Thurber

You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.
Letter, March 11, 1954, to Malcolm Cowley. Collecting Himself (1989)
Letters and interviews

„The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know.“

—  James Thurber

Cartoon caption, The New Yorker (27 July 1935)
Borrowing from Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670 (published posthumously): ""Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point""
Cartoon captions

„It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.“

—  James Thurber

Cartoon caption (1944), in which a dinner host is speaking to his guests about the wine, reproduced in The Thurber Carnival (1945).
Cartoon captions

„Moral: Where most of us end up there is no knowing, but the hellbent get where they are going.“

—  James Thurber

"The Wolf Who Went Places", The New Yorker, Page 28 http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1956-05-19#folio=028 (19 May 1956); Further Fables for Our Time http://books.google.com/books?id=ZnhbAAAAMAAJ&q=%22moral+Where+most+of+us+end+up+there+is+no+knowing+but+the+hellbent+get+where+they+are+going%22&pg=PA28#v=onepage (1956)
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

„A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps.“

—  James Thurber

note for "a future fable", "Such a Phrase as Drifts Through Dreams", Holiday Magazine; reprinted in Lanterns & Lances (1961).
From Lanterns and Lances‎

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„The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.“

—  James Thurber

"The Duchess and the Bugs", 'Lanterns & Lances (1961). The piece was "a response" to an award Thurber received from the Ohioana Library Association in 1953.
From Lanterns and Lances‎

„The pounding of the cylinders increased: ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa.“

—  James Thurber, buch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1942)
From other fiction

„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.“

—  James Thurber

"An Introduction", The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (Simon and Schuster, 1943); reprinted in Thurber's Dogs (1955)
From other writings

„I love the idea of there being two sexes, don't you?“

—  James Thurber

Cartoon caption, The New Yorker (22 April 1939); "A Miscellany", Alarms and Diversions (1957)
Cartoon captions

„I am not a dog lover. A dog lover to me means a dog that is in love with another dog.“

—  James Thurber

"I Like Dogs", For Men (April 1939); reprinted in People Have More Fun Than Anybody (1994); slightly paraphrased in "And So to Medve", Thurber's Dogs (1955)
From other writings

„He who hesitates is sometimes saved.“

—  James Thurber

"The Glass in the Field", The New Yorker (31 October 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940). This is the moral of a fable in which several birds reject a Goldfinch's report that he ran into "crystallized air" while flying across a field, where workmen had left a large plate of glass upright. The Swallow rejects the offer to come along with others and prove the Goldfinch wrong.
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

„My opposition lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.“

—  James Thurber

Letter to Henry Brandon after an interview with him, explaining his opposition to interviews; quoted by Brandon in As We Are (1961)
Letters and interviews

„Love is blind, but desire just doesn't give a good goddam.“

—  James Thurber

sic
"The Clothes Moth and the Luna Moth", The New Yorker (date unknown); Further Fables for Our Time (1956)
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

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