George Jean Nathan Quotes

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Art is the sex of the imagination.

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I drink to make other people interesting.
— George Jean Nathan

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Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

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J. M. Barrie—The triumph of sugar over diabetes.


No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

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Opening Night: The night before the play is ready to open.


Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.


Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
— George Jean Nathan


In the words of a friend of mine, I drink to make other people interesting.


Comedy is but tragedy, cunningly disguised and popularized for the multitude.


Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.


It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.

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An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.


What passes for woman's intuition is often nothing more than man's transparency.
— George Jean Nathan


I care not who writes the laws of a country so long as I may listen to its songs.


The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.


The optimist is the kind of person who believes a housefly is looking for a way out.
— George Jean Nathan

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Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.


Patriotism, as I see it, is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.


Miss Stapleton played the part as though she had not yet signed the contract with the producer.
— George Jean Nathan


Criticism is the art wherewith a critic tries to guess himself into a share of the artist's fame.


Sex—in actual life—touches the heavens only when it simultaneously touches the gutter and the mud.


What passes for woman's intuition is more often intrinsically nothing more than man's transparency.


Impersonal criticism is like an impersonal fist fight or an impersonal marriage, and as successful.
— George Jean Nathan


The average American home is no longer a harbor and a heaven, but rather a mere place of debarkation.
— George Jean Nathan


Marriage defeats and humbles the man since it soon or late robs him of his greatest bulwark, viz., vanity.

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In my perhaps sometimes unjust critical canon, a dramatist is held always to be as strong as his weakest banality.
Art is a reaching out into the ugliness of the world for vagrant beauty and the imprisoning of it in a tangible form.


Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.


The chief rock upon which a lasting friendship rests is a strong mutual belief in the same general fallacies and falsehoods.


Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics. Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.
— George Jean Nathan

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Marriage is based on the theory that when a man discovers a particular brand of beer exactly to his taste he should at once throw up his job and go to work in the brewery.


The notion that as man grows older his illusions leave him is not quite true.  What is true is that his early illusions are supplanted by new and, to him, equally convincing illusions.


My code of life and conduct is simply this: work hard, play to the allowable limit, disregard equally the good and bad opinion of others, never do a friend a dirty trick, eat and drink what you feel like when you feel like, never grow indignant over anything, trust to tobacco for calm and serenity, bathe twice a day...learn to play at least one musical instrument and then play it only in private, never allow one's self even a passing thought of death, never contradict anyone or seek to prove anything to anyone unless one gets paid for it in cold, hard coin, live the moment to the utmost of its possibilities, treat one's enemies with polite inconsideration, avoid persons who are chronically in need, and be satisfied with life always but never with one's self.

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