John Dos Passos

(1896-1970 / Chicago, Illinois)

John Dos Passos Quotes

  • ''Why the ghosts of poor old dead Romans should be dragged in every time a man eats an oyster, I don't see. We're as fine specimens as they were. I swear I shan't let any old turned-to-clay Lucullus outlive me, even if I've never eaten a lamprey.''
    John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Originally published in 1922. Bob Henslowe in Three Soldiers, Houghton Mifflin Company (1964).
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  • ''A good many have been thrown out on their broad capital bases.''
    John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Charley Anderson in The Big Money, of the trilogy U.S.A., The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937). In references to the vicissitudes of investing.
  • ''"Eh Bien you like this sacred pig of a country?" asked Marco.
    "Why not? I like it anywhere. It's all the same, in France you are paid badly and live well; here you are paid well and live badly."''
    John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Congo responding to Marco in Manhattan Transfer, Houghton Mifflin Company (1925 and 1953). A dialogue of politicized French immigrants in America.
  • ''United Fruit... United Thieves Company... it's a monopoly ... if you won't take their prices they let your limes rot on the wharf; it's a monopoly. You boys are working for a bunch of thieves, but I know it ain't your fault.''
    John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. DeBuque Henderson in 1919, of the trilogy U.S.A., The Modern Library, Random House, Inc. (1937). Spoken to the character Joe Williams and another sailor in Dominica.

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