There are two insults no human being will endure that he has no sense of humor, and that the has never known trouble.
People will buy anything that is 'one to a customer.'
Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.
Intellectually, I know that America is no better than any other country emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
I can not understand why ministers presume to deliver sermons every week at appointed hours because it is humanly impossible for inspirations to come with clock-like regularity
He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.
Winter is not a season, it's an occupation
Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.
In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman
Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.
The Maker of the universe with stars a hundred thousand light-years apart was interested, furious, and very personal about it if a small boy played baseball on Sunday afternoon.
You're so earnest about morality that I hate to think how essentially immoral you must be underneath.
Thus Carol hit upon the tragedy of old age, which is not that it is less vigorous than youth, but that it is not needed by youth...
It is one of the major tragedies that nothing is more discomforting than the hearty affection of the Old Friends who never were friends.
It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.
Babbit was an average father. He was affectionate, bullying, opinionated, ignorant, and rather wistful. Like most parents he enjoyed the game of waiting till the victim was clearly wrong, then virtuously pouncing.
I was feeling rational and restless, which is horrible for watching movies
Whatever the misery, he could not regain contentment with a world which, once doubted, became absurd.
The game (baseball)was a custom of his clan, and it gave outlet for the homicidal and sides-taking instincts which Babbitt called patriotism and love of sport.
If travel were so inspiring and informing a business...then the wisest men in the world would be deck hands on tramp steamers, Pullman porters, and Mormon missionaries.
Myron reflected that there are so many people in the world who are eager to do for you things that you do not wish done, provided only that you will do for them things that you don't wish to do.
We should adopt Jesus boldly, and send missionaries to explain him to the whites, except that no Indian except one very old and sick and never much good in warfare would be pompous enough to tell alien peoples what he thinks they should believe. ~ Ch. 41