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American humorous Journalist and Critic of American life who influenced US fiction through the 1920s, 1880-1956
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"Correct" spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world
(Pedagogues:) More than any other class of blind leaders of the blind they are responsible for the degrading standardization which now afflicts the American people
America and Americans
A celebrity is one who is known by many people he is glad he doesn't know
A critic is a man who writes about things he doesn't like
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
A fool who, after plain warning, persists in dosing himself with dangerous drugs should be free to do so, for his death is a benefit to the race in general
A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar
A great literature is chiefly the product of inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation
A great nation is any mob of people which produces at least one honest man a century
A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it
A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one
A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.
A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.
First love
A man is called a good fellow for doing things which, if done by a woman, would land her in a lunatic asylum
A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses
Men and Women
A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.
A man of active and resilient mind outwears his friendships just as certainly as he outwears his love affairs, his politics and his epistemology.
A man who is an agnostic by inheritance, so that he doesn't remember any time that he wasn't, has almost no hatred for the religious
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