Mary McCarthy
Seattle, Washington

Quotes

11 November 2014
The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
11 November 2014
The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air.
11 November 2014
The happy ending is our national belief.
11 November 2014
In violence we forget who we are.
11 November 2014
The horror of Gandhi's murder lies not in the political motives behind it or in its consequences for Indian policy or for the future of non-violence; the horror lies simply in the fact that any man could look into the face of this extraordinary person and deliberately pull a trigger.
11 November 2014
It has to be acknowledged that in capitalist society, with its herds of hippies, originality has become a sort of fringe benefit, a mere convention, accepted obsolescence, the Beatnik model being turned in for the Hippie model, as though strangely obedient to capitalist laws of marketing.
11 November 2014
I do not mind if I lose my soul for all eternity. If the kind of God exists Who would damn me for not working out a deal with Him, then that is unfortunate. I should not care to spend eternity in the company of such a person.
11 November 2014
Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.
11 November 2014
Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility.
11 November 2014
In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.

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