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Clifton Fadiman Quotes

A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself.

As between mileage and experience choose experience.

By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one.

Cheese is milk's leap towards immortality.

Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.

For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

Gertrude Stein was masterly in making nothing happen very slowly.

I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation.

Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.

My main recollection is of the work I had to do in order to eat.

The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest.

When you read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.