Mary McCarthy
Quotations


It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world.

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.

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.

Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.

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.

I was going to get myself recognized at any price. If I could not win fame by goodness, I was ready to do it by badness.

In violence we forget who we are.

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.

The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.



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