Quotations by Clifton Fadiman

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Born: Sunday, May 15, 1904
Died: Sunday, June 20, 1999 (95 years old)
Profession: Writer
Nationality: American


A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Humor, Ability, Sense)

As between mileage and experience choose experience.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Experience)

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
(Keywords: End, Man, School)

Cheese is milk's leap towards immortality.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Immortality)

Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Experience, Eye, Man)

For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Life, Men)

Gertrude Stein was masterly in making nothing happen very slowly.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Nothing)

I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Answers, Conversation, Questions, Sculpture)

Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Thinking, Will)

My main recollection is of the work I had to do in order to eat.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Work, Order)

The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Talent, Mind, Mistakes)

When you read 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







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