leo rosten Quotes

Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
tags: truth fiction
— Leo Rosten
If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it.
tags: wrong
— Leo Rosten
An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
tags: body service god spiritual church angel
— Leo Rosten
If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.
tags: wrong
— Leo Rosten
The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that, perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
— Leo Rosten
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
tags: write shares
— Leo Rosten
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
tags: help
— Leo Rosten
Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
tags: courage
— Leo Rosten
People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle.
tags: people curiosity
— Leo Rosten
Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.
tags: self sacred
— Leo Rosten
Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.
tags: men powerful drugs
— Leo Rosten
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
tags: humor communication insight
— Leo Rosten
Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them.
tags: communication
— Leo Rosten
If at first you don't succeed, before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong.
tags: wrong
— Leo Rosten
I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
tags: people believe
— Leo Rosten
You can learn much about life from a checker game: surrender one to take two; don't make two moves at one time; move up, not down; and when you reach the top, you may move as you like.
tags: learn
— Leo Rosten
Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
tags: happiness poverty money
— Leo Rosten
The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make a difference that you lived at all-using the talents that God has given you for the betterment of others.
tags: talent god
— Leo Rosten
O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.
tags: children adult child
— Leo Rosten
I sometimes think there is a dimension beyond the four of experience and Einstein: insight, that fifth dimension which promises to liberate us from bondage to the long, imperfect past
tags: past experience insight
— Leo Rosten
The purpose of life is not to be happy, the purpose of life is to matter..
— Leo Rosten
Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.
tags: heart mind
— Leo Rosten
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
tags: conservative radical
— Leo Rosten
Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
tags: happiness heart brain
— Leo Rosten
What's green, hangs on a wall and whistles?
— Leo Rosten
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all..
tags: believe
— Leo Rosten
I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
tags: strong
— Leo Rosten
We see things as we are, not as they are.
— Leo Rosten
The love of money is the source of an enormous amount of good; the fact that the good is a by-product of the selfish pursuit of riches has nothing to do with its indisputable value.
tags: value facts money
— Leo Rosten
Satire is focused bitterness.
tags: satire
— Leo Rosten
There was no answer, no solution, no sop, no deliverance. What, then, did I do? I read faster.
tags: read
— Leo Rosten
You understand people better if you look at them-no matter how old or impressive or important they may be-as if they were children. For most men never mature; they simply grow taller.
tags: children men people child
— Leo Rosten
In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
tags: dark night wonder madness envy book breakfast
— Leo Rosten
Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.
— Leo Rosten
Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
tags: humor time poet
— Leo Rosten
Happiness, in the ancient, noble sense, means self-fulfillment-and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God " bestowed upon them.
tags: happiness talent god noble
— Leo Rosten
I came to believe it not true that "the coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man only one." I think it is the other way around: It is the brave who die a thousand deaths. For it is imagination, and not just conscience, which doth make cowards of us all. Those who do not know fear are not truly brave.
tags: death fear men believe true conscience die imagination
— Leo Rosten
Why did God give me two ears and one mouth? So that I will hear more and talk less.
tags: god
— Leo Rosten
The fellow who laughs last may laugh best, but he gets the reputation of being very slow-witted.
— Leo Rosten
Her cooking suggested she had attended the Cordon Noir.
— Leo Rosten