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Max Eastman Quotes

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.

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.