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  • The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • He writes his plays for the ages -- the ages between five and twelve.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • A man's wife is his compromise with the illusion of his first sweetheart.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
    (George Jean Nathan)


  • Whenever a man encounters a woman in a mood he doesn't understand, he wants to know if she's tired.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • I only drink to make other people seem interesting.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics. Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.
    (George Jean Nathan)

  • Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.
    (George Jean Nathan)


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