Marya Mannes Quotes

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Fear has always been a diminisher of life.


Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal.


Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.

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Wit has a deadly aim and it is possible to prick a large pretense with a small pin.


The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.

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Art can excite, titillate, please, entertain, and sometimes shock; but its ultimate function is to ennoble.


The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.

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All wars derive from lack of empathy: the incapacity of one to understand and accept the likeness or difference of another.

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There is no "trick" in being young: it happens to you.  But the process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained.

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The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
— Marya Mannes


The great omission in American life is solitude...that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit.


All people talk of money sometimes, everywhere.  But not for all people, everywhere, is money the addiction, the obsession, the stimulant, that it seems to be in New York.

New York City

Until we know what motivates the hearts and minds of men we can understand nothing outside ourselves, nor will we ever reach fulfillment as that greatest miracle of all, the human being.

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Until a child can meet reality, he must live in fantasy. But he must create his own fantasy. And it is television's primary damage that it provides ten million children with the same fantasy, ready-made and on a platter.