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Brooks Atkinson Quotes

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Don't be condescending to unskilled labor.
Try it for a half a day first.
- Brooks Atkinson

There is no joy so great as that of reporting that
a good play has come to town.
- Brooks Atkinson

After each war there is a little less democracy to save.
- Brooks Atkinson

Good plays drive bad playgoers crazy.
- Brooks Atkinson

 

People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true.
It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves
and taking responsibility for what they know.
- Brooks Atkinson

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education,
and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
- Brooks Atkinson

In every age 'the good old days' were a myth.
No one ever thought they were good at the time.
For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable
to the people who lived through them.
- Brooks Atkinson

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The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view.
Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view
kills anybody who has one.
- Brooks Atkinson

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
- Brooks Atkinson

It seems not to have been written.
It is the quintessence of life.
It is the basic truth.
- Brooks Atkinson

I'm a terrible patient, and I find that doctors can be very condescending.
- Sherry Stringfield

If you have any trouble sounding condescending,
find a Unix user to show you how it's done.
- Scott Adams

I've never really understood that.
It's a funny thing; people sometimes accuse us of condescending
to our characters somehow-that to me is kind of inexplicable.
- Joel Coen

Everybody that loves Nancy loves it in a slightly condescending way.
Nancy is comics reduced to their most elemental level.
- Bill Griffith

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Mastery is not measured by the number of terrible
things you eliminate from your life, but by
the number of times you eliminate calling them terrible.
- Neale Donald Walsch

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

The most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved.
- Mother Teresa

The food at this place is really terrible ...
and such small portions.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted
is the most terrible poverty.
- Mother Teresa

Living in fear of anything is a terrible waste
of what could be a great life.
If you live in fear of losing your job,
either you fear the embarrassment of being jobless,
or you fear the loss of material goods -
house, car, and such.
If you live in fear of losing your stuff and money,
it is clear that they own you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world,
and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
- Winston Churchill

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word -
religion.
Then I go out and paint the stars.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things.
- Russell Baker

Dad, I'm in some trouble.
There's been an accident and you're going to hear all
sorts of things about me from now on.
Terrible things.
- Edward Kennedy

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the
part of a great many people to the effect that when
you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
- Louis Kronenberger

I used to be good with kids, but as I get older,
I'm grumpy and terrible with them.
As for doing a gig at a 6-year old's birthday party,
you couldn't pay me enough.
- Johnny Vegas

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at
seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
- Jean Kerr

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror.
As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.
- Carl Jung

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant
leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When leading evangelicals say terrible things about Islam,
evil things about Islam, terrible things about Muhammad,
they ought to be ashamed of themselves.
- Tony Campolo

The Establishment center...
has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history.
That war is a moral and political disaster -
a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
- George McGovern

There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters,
all of this because of too little Torah study.
- Ovadia Yosef

Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy
is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy.
- Bryant H. McGill

I stop and look at traffic accidents.
I won't hang around, but when I hear something is terrible,
as bad as it is, I've gotta look at it.
- Norman Lear

Better to go than sit around being a terrible old bore.
- Auberon Waugh

There was a time when I was 19 when I really,
really, really thought I was going crazy.
I was exhausted and going through a terrible depression.
- Winona Ryder

It's a terrible thing to go through life thinking that
you have a rock on your side when you haven't.
- Maria Callas

I would never say somebody had to vote for anybody.
That would be terrible.
I haven't said that.
- Pat Robertson

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about,
or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
- Jean Anouilh

This is the absolute truth: and on this truth our tactics must be based.
All tactics that are not based on this are false,
and lead the proletariat to terrible defeat.
- Herman Gorter

I'm terrible at story and structure,
but I'm not so bad at writing dialogue.
- Steve Buscemi

I'm terrible with money, absolutely awful.
I'm always losing it.
- Ron Wood

Always there has been some terrible evil at home or
some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble
us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
- Douglas MacArthur

Some people have a terrible stretch between family and work.
It is a difficult thing to achieve.
- Julie Walters

I had a terrible job letting me do anything that wasn't comedy.
- Val Guest

Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort
to remain a civilized man.
- Leonard Woolf

Oh, the relationship with actors and managers and agents
and things is a terrible problem sometimes.
- John Schlesinger

There are three terrible ages of childhood -
1 to 10,
10 to 20, and 20 to 30.
- Cleveland Amory

I mean, I felt terrible.
And in the beginning, I mean, I was completely devastated.
I mean, can you imagine the kind of guilt that you would feel,
and the responsibility?
- Monica Lewinsky

Living in New York is like being at some terrible late-night party.
You're tired, you've had a headache since you arrived,
but you can't leave because then you'd miss the party.
- Simon Hoggart

My mother thought Hollywood was a den of iniquity,
and people came to terrible bad ends there.
- Kitty Carlisle

To have all your life's work and to have them along the wall,
it's like walking in with no clothes on.
It's terrible.
- Andrew Wyeth

The Internet is both great and terrible.
As a source of information, a tool for delivering music and art,
it's great.
But spamming ads and piracy of music is terrible.
It's stealing.
- Gary Wright

The pool is terrible, but that doesn't have much to do with my record swims.
That's all mental attitude.
- Mark Spitz

The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the United States
reactionaries use to scare people.
It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.
- Mao Tse-Tung

We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible,
how doomed the present is.
- Iris Murdoch

TV - a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville.
However, it is our latest medium - we call it a medium
because nothing's well done.
- Goodman Ace

I used to be good friends with my depression,
saying oh I'm so depressed, or life is terrible.
- Tony Curtis

We just sent our condolences to the President of the
United States and the American people on what is a terrible,
terrible tragedy.
- Helen Clark

Just after writing those we were called up to defend
a new position on the left,
where the terrible storming of the bridge over the Antietam took place.
- Joshua Chamberlain

On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood.
All Americans became New Yorkers.
- George Pataki

When I cleaned up some 17 odd years ago,
I felt terrible for about six months.
The only thing that gave me any real relief was strenuous physical activity.
- James Taylor

Fortunately, this is not something that we see a lot of.
Very rarely do you see a dog in this terrible shape from starvation.
People just aren't that cruel.
- Jonathan Ross

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
- Michel de Montaigne


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