Joseph Epstein


Quotations

  • ''The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. Familiar Territory, "Running and Other Vices," Oxford University Press (1979).
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  • ''What, really, is wanted from a neighborhood? Convenience, certainly, an absence of major aggravation, to be sure. But perhaps most of all, ideally, what is wanted is a comfortable background, a breathing space of intermission between the intensities of private life and the calculations of public life.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. Familiar Territory, "Boutique America," Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''The best joke-tellers are those who have the patience to wait for conversation to come around to the point where the jokes in their repertoire have application.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. Familiar Territory, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. Familiar Territory, "Jokes and Their Relation to the Conscious," Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''Generalization, especially risky generalization, is one of the chief methods by which knowledge proceeds... Safe generalizations are usually rather boring. Delete that "usually rather." Safe generalizations are quite boring.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. The Middle of My Tether, "But I Generalize," W.W. Norton (1983).
  • ''One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. The Middle of My Tether, "A Man of Letters," W.W. Norton (1983).
  • ''Always seek the general and never quite trust it.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. The Middle of My Tether, "But I Generalize," W.W. Norton (1983).
  • ''Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.''
    Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. The Middle of My Tether, "But I Generalize," W.W. Norton (1983).

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