„Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years.“

—  James Thurber

"The Darlings at the Top of the Stairs", Lanterns & Lances (1961); previously appeared in The Queen and in Harper's Magazine.
From Lanterns and Lances‎

„The dog has seldom been successful in pulling Man up to its level of sagacity, but Man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.“

—  James Thurber

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

„Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?“

—  James Thurber

Cartoon caption, The New Yorker (5 June 1937); "Word Dance--Part One", A Thurber Carnival (1960)
Cartoon captions
Zdroj: Collecting Himself: James Thurber On Writing And Writers, Humor And Himself

„One (martini) is all right, two is too many, three is not enough.“

—  James Thurber

Quoted in Time Magazine (New York, 15 August 1960) from an an interview with Glenna Syse of the Chicago Sun-Times
Letters and interviews

„You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.“

—  James Thurber

"The Owl who was God", The New Yorker (29 April 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940). Parody of "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

„Now I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance — a sharp, vindictive glance.“

—  James Thurber

"My Senegalese Birds and Siamese Cats", Holiday Magazine; reprinted in Lanterns & Lances (1961).
From Lanterns and Lances‎

„Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.“

—  James Thurber

"The Shrike and the Chipmunks", The New Yorker (18 February 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940). Because it is derived from Benjamin Franklin's famous saying this is often misquoted as: Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

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