Russell Lynes


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Russell Lynes (Joseph Russell Lynes, Jr.) December 2, 1910 – September 14, 1991) was an American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine.

Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Lynes was the younger son of Adelaide (Sparkman) and Joseph Russell Lynes. His older brother was the photographer George Platt Lynes.

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  • ''A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide.''
    Russell Lynes (b. 1910), U.S. editor, critic. "Is There a Lady in the House," Look (July 22, 1958).
  • ''It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.''
    Russell Lynes (b. 1910), U.S. editor, critic. "The Art of Accepting," Vogue (New York, Sept. 1, 1952).
  • ''The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved.''
    Russell Lynes (b. 1910), U.S. editor, critic. The Reader's Digest (British edition, Dec. 1961).
  • ''The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.''
    Russell Lynes (b. 1910), U.S. editor, critic. The Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, New York, December 1954).
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