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Clifton Fadiman Quotes

Clifton P. "Kip" Fadiman was an American intellectual, author, radio and television personality.
(1904 - 1999)

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A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.

A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.

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 - milk's leap toward 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.

He has made a profession out of a business and an art out of a profession.

I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.

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.

Mr. Faulkner, of course, is interested in making your mind rather than your flesh creep.

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

My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be a pal, I want to be a father.

One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.

One newspaper a day ought to be enough for anyone who still prefers to retain a little mental balance.

One's first book, kiss, home run is always the best.

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.

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