Quotations by John Dos Passos

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Born: Tuesday, January 14, 1896
Died: Monday, September 28, 1970 (74 years old)
Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American


A man's got to work for more than himself and his kids to feel right.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Work, Kids, Man, Right)

A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible in order to get relief.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Society, Man, Order, Ugly)

Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Accidents, Will)

Breaking with old friends is one of the most painful of the changes in all that piling up of a multitude of small distasteful changes that constitutes growing older.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Friends, Old)

Display advertising and the movies, though they may dull the wits, certainly stimulate the eyes.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Movies, Advertising, Eyes, May)

If I were sufficiently romantic I suppose I'd have killed myself long ago just to make people talk about me. I haven't even got the conviction to make a successful drunkard.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: People, Successful, Conviction, Romantic, Talk)

If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Contemplation, Hell, Writers)

It's almost worth having been in the army for the joy your freedom gives you.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Army, Freedom, Joy, Worth)

Love is cheap. You can buy it anywhere. Lives are cheap. It's money that's dear. You have to work days and sit up nights thinking how to make money.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Love, Money, Work, Thinking)

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: People, Careers)

Sex is a slotmachine.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Sex)

The creation of a world view is the work of a generation rather than of an individual, but we each of us, for better or for worse, add our brick to the edifice.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Work, Creation, World)

The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Men, Behavior, Chaos, Mind, Spiders, Support)

The only way to find out anything about what kinds of lives people led in any given period is to tunnel into their records and to let them speak for themselves.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: People)

U.S.A. is the speech of the people.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: People, Speech)

We work to eat to get the strength to work to eat to get the strength to work to eat to get the strength to work to eat to get the strength to work.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Work, Strength)

What is the use being a big man if you are wrong?
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Being, Man, Wrong)

Women is fine once you got em pinned down, boss, but when they ain't pinned down they're hell.
- John Dos Passos
(Keywords: Women, Boss, Hell)







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