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    What is a sense of humor? Surely not the ability to understand a joke. It comes rather from a residing feeling of one's own absurdity. It is the ability to understand a joke, and that the joke is on oneself.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: oneself 
     
    Science fiction is a kind of archaeology of the future.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: future  fiction 
     
    Being a child is in itself a profession.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    The tantrums of cloth-headed celluloid idols are deemed fit for grown-up conversation, while silence settles over such a truly important matter as food.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: food  silence 
     
    Gertrude Stein was masterly in making nothing happen very slowly
    — Clifton Fadiman
    For most men, life is a search for the proper Manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: men 
     
    Books act like a developing fluid on film. That is, they bring into consciousness what you didn't know you knew.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: film  book 
     
    A man who is careful with his palate is not likely to be careless with his paragraphs.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: men 
     
    [Books] will visit you at your convenience, whether you are lonesome or not, on rainy days or fair. They propose themselves as either transient acquaintances or permanent friends. They will stay as long as you like, departing or returning as you wish. Their friendship entails no obligation. Best of all, and not always true of our merely human friends, they have Cleopatra's infinite variety.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    Cheese is milk's leap towards immortality.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: immortality 
     
    One's first book, kiss, home run is always the best.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: book  kiss 
     
    Dr. Seuss provided "ingenious and uniquely witty solutions to the standing problem of the juvenile fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: fantasy  problem  witty 
     
    To take wine into your mouth is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.
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    tags: human 
     
    We are all citizens of history.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: book 
     
    A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: memory 
     
    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.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.
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    tags: thinking 
     
    The man who attracts luck carries with him the magnet of preparation.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: men  luck 
     
    A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: immortality 
     
    Wine is poetry in a bottle.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: poetry 
     
    When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: travel  people 
     
    If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: living  food  soul  body 
     
    We prefer to think that the absence of inverted commas guarantees the originality of a thought, whereas it may be merely that the utterer has forgotten its source.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: thoughts 
     
    There is no reader so parochial as the one who reads none but this morning's books. Books are not rolls, to be devoured only when they are hot and fresh. A good book retains its interior heat and will warm a generation yet unborn.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: book  read 
     
    My main recollection is of the work I had to do in order to eat
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    tags: work 
     
    By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: men  school 
     
    Reading to small children is a specialty.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: children  child  reading 
     
    The kind of poetry to avoid in the pretty-pretty kind that pleased our grandmothers, the kind that Longfellow and Tennyson, good poets at their best, wrote at their worst.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: poetry  poet 
     
    The only reason for being young is to outgrow it.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: young 
     
    Reading is not an operation performed on something inert but a relationship entered into with another vital being.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    Socrates called himself a midwife of ideas. A great book is often such a midwife, delivering to full existence what has been coiled like an embryo in the dark, silent depths of the brain.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: existence  dark  brain  book  ideas 
     
    To feel at home, stay at home.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    To read in bed is to draw around us invisible, noiseless curtains. Then at last we are in a room of our own and are ready to burrow back, back to that private life of the imagination we all led as a child and to whose secret satisfactions so many of us have mislaid the key.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: mistakes  talent  mind 
     
    To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: earth  year 
     
    As between mileage and experience choose experience.
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    tags: experience 
     
    A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke-and that the joke is oneself.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: humor  oneself 
     
    The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: speech 
     
    I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.
    — Clifton Fadiman
    tags: quotes 
     
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