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Booth Tarkington

Datum narození: 29. červenec 1869
Datum úmrtí: 19. květen 1946

Booth Tarkington byl americký spisovatel.


„Mystici neustále doufají, že je věda jednoho dne předběhne.“

„Gossip is never fatal until it is denied.“


„Gossip is never fatal until it is denied. Gossip goes on about every human being alive and about all the dead that are alive enough to be remembered, and yet almost never does any harm until some defender makes a controversy. Gossip's a nasty thing, but it's sickly, and if people of good intentions will let it entirely alone, it will die, ninety-nine times out of a hundred.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„Whatever does not pretend at all has style enough.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„Mothers see the angel in us because the angel is there. If it's shown to the mother, the son has got an angel to show, hasn't he? When a son cuts somebody's throat the mother only sees it's possible for a misguided angel to act like a devil - and she's entirely right about that!“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„No doubt it is true that there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repented than over all the saints who consistently remain holy, and the rare, sudden gentlenesses of arrogant people have infinitely more effect than the continual gentleness of gentle people. Arrogance turned gentle melts the heart.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„There aren't any old times. When times are gone they're not old, they're dead! There aren't any times but new times!“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„Nobody has a good name in a bad mouth. Nobody has a good name in a silly mouth either.“ The Magnificent Ambersons


„I'm not sure he's wrong about automobiles," he said. "With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization -- that is, in spiritual civilization. It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men's souls.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„Some day the laws of glamour must be discovered, because they are so important that the world would be wiser now if Sir Isaac Newton had been hit on the head, not by an apple, but by a young lady.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„My theory on literature is an author who does not indulge in trashiness-writes about people you could introduce into your own home... he did not care to read a book or go to a play about people he would not care to meet at his own dinner table. I believe we should live by certain standards and ideals...“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„It is love in old age, no longer blind, that is true love. For the love's highest intensity doesn't necessarily mean it's highest quality.“


„Youth cannot imagine romance apart from youth. That is why the roles of the heroes and heroines of plays are given by the managers to the most youthful actors they can find among the competent.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„Like so many women for whom money has always been provided without their understanding how, she was prepared to be a thorough and irresponsible plunger.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„... at twenty-one or twenty-two so many things appear solid and permanent and terrible which forty sees are nothing but disappearing miasma. Forty can't tell twenty about this; that's the pity of it! Twenty can find out only by getting to be forty.“ The Magnificent Ambersons

„There is a fertile stretch of flat lands in Indiana where unagarian Eastern travelers, glancing from car windows, shudder and return their eyes to interior upholstery, preferring even the swaying comparisons of a Pullman to the monotony without.“ The Gentleman from Indiana

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