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Quotes of the day: John P. Marquand

Published Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 10:06 PM EDT
Jul 15 2014

John Phillips Marquand (November 10, 1893 – July 16, 1960) was an American writer. Originally best known for his Mr. Moto spy stories, he achieved popular success and critical respect for his satirical novels, winning a Pulitzer Prize for The Late George Apley in 1938. One of his abiding themes was the confining nature of life in America's upper class and among those who aspired to join it. Marquand treated those whose lives were bound by these unwritten codes with a characteristic mix of respect and satire. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Distrust the book which reads too easily because such writing appeals more to the senses than to the intellect. Hard reading exercises the mind

I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.

I know a fellow who's as broke as the Ten Commandments.

If you have one strong idea, you can't help repeating it and embroidering it. Sometimes I think that authors should write one novel and then be put in a gas chamber.

It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard-working ancestry.

Nothing which is worth while is easy, nor in my experience is the actual doing of it particularly pleasant. The pleasure arises from completion and from the knowledge that one has done the right thing and has stood by one's convictions

Some day you will know that there is a beauty of the soul that is more important than worldly beauty. Remember this when you see worldly beauty.

The best thing about Unitarianism was that there was no compulsion about attending its services.

There is a certain phase in the life of the aged when the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct proportion with the years.

When everything is totalled up we have evolved a fine variety of flushing toilets but not a very good world.

When you are dead, you are very dead, intellectually and artistically.

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