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John Mason Brown Quotes

An American drama critic and author.
(1900 - 1969)

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember.

America is a land where men govern, but women rule.

Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others.

He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace.

He talks at the drop of a pause.

How prophetic L'Enfant was when he laid out Washington as a city that goes around in circles!

I am ready any time. Do not keep me waiting.

I have lived long enough to be battered by the realities of life, and not too long to be downed by them.

It is in the hard rockpile labour of seeking to win, hold, or deserve a reader's interest that the pleasant agony of writing comes in.
[Writers And Writing]

No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause.

So often we rob tomorrow's memories by today's economies.
[The Present]

Some television programs are so much chewing gum for the eyes.

The critic is a man who prefers the indolence of opinion to the trials of action.

The more one has seen of the good, the more one asks for the better.

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.

To many people dramatic criticism must seem like an attempt to tattoo soap bubbles.