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Max Eastman quotes (16)

A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
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A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
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A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
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A smile is the universal welcome.
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Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
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Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
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Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
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Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
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I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.
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It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
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It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
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Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
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People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
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Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.
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The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
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The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them.
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