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BOOTH TARKINGTON (NEWTON BOOTH TARKINGTON)
American novelist and dramatist
(1869 - 1946)
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An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.
      - [Wives]

Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions.
      - [Argument]

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
      - [Happiness : Memory]

Mystics always hope that science will some day overtake them.
      - [Mystics]

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously.
      - [Seriousness]

The only good in pretending is the fun we get out of fooling ourselves that we fool somebody.
      - [Pretending]

Mr. Nelson Smock, arriving at his cottage in Maine on Friday afternoon for his weekly recuperation from Wall Street, paused in the hall and looked into the living room before going on in search of his wife.
      - Claire Ambler [Books (First Lines)]

Superciliousness is not safe after all, because a person who forms the habit of wearing it may some day find his lower lip grown permanently projected beyond the upper, so that he can't get it back, and must go through life looking like the King of Spain.
      - Gentle Julia [Books (First Lines)]

The middle-aged stranger whom I met by chance upon the lower rocks at Mary's Neck, that salt-washed promontory of the New England coast, was at first taciturn but became voluble when a little conversation developed the fact that we were both from the Midland country.
      - Mary's Neck [Books (First Lines)]

Penrod sat morosely upon the back fence and gazed with envy at Duke, his wistful dog.
      - Penrod [Books (First Lines)]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

William Sylvanus Baxter paused for a moment of though in front of the drug-store at the corner of Washington Street and Central Avenue.
      - Seventeen [Books (First Lines)]

Major Amberson had "made a fortune" in 1873, when other people were losing fortunes, and the magnificence of the Ambersons began then.
      - The Magnificent Ambersons
        [Books (First Lines)]

People used to say of the two Oliphant brothers that Harlan Oliphant looked as if he lived in the Oliphant's house, but Dan didn't.
      - The Midlander [Books (First Lines)]

Out of the north Atlantic a January storm came down in the night, sweeping the American coast with wind and snow and sleet upon a great oblique front from Nova Scotia to the Delaware capes.
      - The Plutocrat [Books (First Lines)]

There is a midland city in the heart of fair, open country, a dirty and wonderful city nesting dingily in the fog of its own smoke.
      - The Turmoil [Books (First Lines)]

It was long ago in the days when men sighed when they fell in love; when people danced by candle and lamp, and did dance, too, instead of solemnly gliding about; in that mellow time so long ago, when the young were romantic and summer was roses and wine, old Carewe brought his lovely daughter home from the convent to wreck the hearts of the youth of Rouen.
      - The Two Vanrevels [Books (First Lines)]


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