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All Quotes by author - Max Eastman
" 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. "
" A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything. "
" A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke. "
" A smile is the universal welcome. "
" Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance. "
" Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. "
" Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind. "
" Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. "
Sense Of Humor
" Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. "
" People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo. "
" Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest. "
" The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. "
" The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them. "
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