George Jean Nathan

George Jean Nathan (February 14, 1882 - April 8, 1958) was an American drama critic and editor

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A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
A ready way to lose your friend is to lend him money. Another equally ready way to lose him is to refuse to lend him money. It is six of one and a half dozen of the other.
An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
I drink to make other people seem more interesting.
I only drink to make other people seem interesting.
I only drink to make other people seem more interesting.
Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.
Marriage is based on the theory that when man discovers a brand of beer exactly to his taste he should at once throw up his job and go work in the brewery.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
Politics is the pursuit of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
Women can form a friendship with a man very well but to preserve it--to that end a slight physical antipathy must probably help.

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