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George Jean Nathan

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George Jean Nathan in 1928

Born

February 14, 1882
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Died

April 8, 1958
New York, NY

Nationality

American

Occupation

  • Drama critic
  • magazine editor

George Jean Nathan was an American drama critic and magazine editor. He worked closely with H. L. Mencken, bringing the literary magazine The Smart Set to prominence as an editor, and co-founding and editing The American Mercury and The American Spectator.

He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Cornell University in 1904. There, he was a member of the Quill and Dagger society and an editor of the Cornell Daily Sun.

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I drink to make other people interesting. - George Jean Nathan

I drink to make other people interesting.

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No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. - George Jean Nathan

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

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Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. - George Jean Nathan

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.

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Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen. - George Jean Nathan

Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.

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To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination. - George Jean Nathan

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.

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Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value. - George Jean Nathan

Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.

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Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry. - George Jean Nathan

Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.

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Love demands infinitely less than friendship. - George Jean Nathan

Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

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Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote. - George Jean Nathan

Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.

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Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics. Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor. - George Jean Nathan

Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics. Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.

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A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. - George Jean Nathan

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.

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Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few. - George Jean Nathan

Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.

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love
I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink. - George Jean Nathan

I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink.

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Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. - George Jean Nathan

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.

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patriotism
Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men. - George Jean Nathan

Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.

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It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid. - George Jean Nathan

It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.

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