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Clifton Fadiman

Clifton Paul "Kip" Fadiman was an American intellectual, author, editor, radio and television personality. He began his work with the radio, and switched to television later in his career.

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When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.
Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality.
A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover. — © Clifton Fadiman
A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.
To feel at home, stay at home.
By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one.
Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.
My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be a pal, I want to be a father.
My main recollection is of the work I had to do in order to eat.
The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest.
Mr. Faulkner, of course, is interested in making your mind rather than your flesh creep.
I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.
One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
There are two kinds of writers; the great ones who can give you truths, and the lessor ones, who can only give you themselves.
To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history. — © Clifton Fadiman
To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.
The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.
For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation.
Gertrude Stein was masterly in making nothing happen very slowly.
As between mileage and experience choose experience.
A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
He has made a profession out of a business and an art out of a profession.
A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself.
When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.
There is no reader so parochial as the one who reads none but this morning's books. Books are not rolls, to be devoured only when they are hot and fresh. A good book retains its interior heat and will warm a generation yet unborn.
Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.
Wine is poetry in a bottle.
For most men, life is a search for the proper Manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.
One's first book, kiss, home run is always the best.
Muhammad Ali: Superman Don't need no seat belt. Flight Attendant: Superman Don't need no airplane, either.
Reading to small children is a specialty.
If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul.
Dr. Seuss provided "ingenious and uniquely witty solutions to the standing problem of the juvenile fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole.
Books act like a developing fluid on film. That is, they bring into consciousness what you didn’t know you knew.
When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.
Cheese is milk's leap towards immortality.
Socrates called himself a midwife of ideas. A great book is often such a midwife, delivering to full existence what has been coiled like an embryo in the dark, silent depths of the brain.
If you want to feel at home, stay home. — © Clifton Fadiman
If you want to feel at home, stay home.
A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.
Reading is not an operation performed on something inert but a relationship entered into with another vital being.
The kind of poetry to avoid in the pretty-pretty kind that pleased our grandmothers, the kind that Longfellow and Tennyson, good poets at their best, wrote at their worst.
Liquor is not a necessity. It is a means of momentarily sidestepping necessity.
Science fiction is a kind of archaeology of the future.
The drinking of wine seems to me to have a moral edge over many pleasures and hobbies in that it promotes love of one's neighbor.
The man who attracts luck carries with him the magnet of preparation.
To take wine into your mouth is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.
We are all citizens of history.
The tantrums of cloth-headed celluloid idols are deemed fit for grown-up conversation, while silence settles over such a truly important matter as food. — © Clifton Fadiman
The tantrums of cloth-headed celluloid idols are deemed fit for grown-up conversation, while silence settles over such a truly important matter as food.
Gertrude Stein was masterly in making nothing happen very slowly
By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one
The only reason for being young is to outgrow it.
I found nothing really wrong with this autobiography except poor choice of subject.
A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover. The social emotions it generates are equidistant from the philatelist's solitary gloating and the football fan's gregarious hysteria.
One newspaper a day ought to be enough for anyone who still prefers to retain a little mental balance.
My main recollection is of the work I had to do in order to eat
A man who is careful with his palate is not likely to be careless with his paragraphs.
A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke-and that the joke is oneself.
To read in bed is to draw around us invisible, noiseless curtains. Then at last we are in a room of our own and are ready to burrow back, back to that private life of the imagination we all led as a child and to whose secret satisfactions so many of us have mislaid the key.
[Books] will visit you at your convenience, whether you are lonesome or not, on rainy days or fair. They propose themselves as either transient acquaintances or permanent friends. They will stay as long as you like, departing or returning as you wish. Their friendship entails no obligation. Best of all, and not always true of our merely human friends, they have Cleopatra's infinite variety.
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