George Jean Nathan Love Quotes and Sayings

George Jean Nathan Love Quotes and Sayings

George Jean Nathan Love Quotes and Sayings

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

2. 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.

3. Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

4. Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.


George Jean Nathan (February 14, 1882 – April 8, 1958) was an American drama critic and 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.

Sayings by George Jean Nathan

1. A man admires a woman not for what she says, but what she listens to.

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

3. No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

4. I only drink to make other people seem interesting.

5. What passes for woman’s intuition is often nothing more than man’s transparency.

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

7. The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.

8. 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.

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

10. My code of life and conduct is simply this: work hard, play to the allowable limit, disregard equally the good and bad opinion of others, never do a friend a dirty trick, eat and drink what you feel like when you feel like, never grow indignant over anything, trust to tobacco for calm and serenity, bathe twice a day . . . learn to play at least one musical instrument and then play it only in private, never allow one’s self even a passing thought of death, never contradict anyone or seek to prove anything to anyone unless one gets paid for it in cold, hard coin, live the moment to the utmost of its possibilities, treat one’s enemies with polite inconsideration, avoid persons who are chronically in need, and be satisfied with life always but never with one’s self.

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