The wit makes fun of other persons the satirist makes fun of the world the humorist makes fun of himself but in so doing he identifies himself with people – that is people everywhere not for the purpose of taking them apart but simply revealing their true nature.

James Thurber Nature Quote

The past is an old armchair in the attic the present an ominous ticking sound and the future is anybody’s guess.

James Thurber Future Quote

The most dangerous food is wedding cake.

James Thurber Food Quote

The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them Man with his powers of reason has reduced economics to the level of a farce which is at once funnier and more tragic than Tobacco Road.

James Thurber Knowledge Quote

The appreciative smile the chuckle the soundless mirth so important to the success of comedy cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.

James Thurber Home Quote

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.

James Thurber Age Quote

Man has gone long enough or even too long without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.

James Thurber Truth Quote

Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.

James Thurber Love Quote

Let us not look back in anger nor forward in fear but around in awareness.

James Thurber Anger Quote

Comedy has to be done en clair. 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.

James Thurber Famous Quote