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Peter de Vries Quotes


An American editor and novelist known for his satiric wit.
(1910 - 1993)

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A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.
 

Celibacy is the worst form of self-abuse.
 

Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.
 

Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.
 

Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
[Gluttony]
 

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
 

I wanted to be bored to death, as good a way to go as any.
 

I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.
 

I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.
 

If there's anything I hate it's the word humorist - I feel like countering with the word seriousist.
 

It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.
 

Let us hope, that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring.
[Acts]
 

Life is a zoo in a jungle.
[Life]
 

Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.
 

My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.
 

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
 

Pain is the question mark turned like a fishhook in the human heart.
 

The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly.
[Marriage]
 

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.
[Marriage]
 

The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.
 


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