American Novelist, Social Critic and Playwright, Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
Don't be a writer. Writing is an escape from something. You be a scientist.
He had, in fact, got everything from the church and Sunday School, except, perhaps, any longing whatever for decency and kindness and reason.
His entire system of theology was comprised in the Bible, which he never read, and the Methodist Church, which he rarely attended.
An ugly woodshed that's there, right on the ground, is handsomer to me than a ten-story temple that isn't there.
Elmer Gantry was drunk. He was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk.
He heard them whispering — whispering... The independence seeped out of him and he walked the streets alone, afraid of men's cynical eyes and the incessant hiss of whispering.
His name was George F. Babbitt, and… he was nimble in the calling of selling houses for more than people could afford to pay.
Any two people who have spent more than two days together already have the material for a life-long feud, in traits which at first were amusing or admirable.
Even if some details of dogma aren't true — or even all of 'em — think what a consolation religion and the church are to weak humanity!
He is the only real revolutionary, the authentic scientist, because he alone knows how liddle he knows. He must be heartless. He lives in a cold, clear light. Yet dis is a funny t'ing: really, in private, he is not cold nor heartless — so much less cold than the Professional Optimists.
His reasoning had been introverted, turned from an examination of men as mammals and devoted to a sorrow that sinful and aching souls should not more readily seek the security of a mystic process known as Conviction, Repentance, and Salvation, which he was assured by the noblest and most literate men he had ever known, was guaranteed to cure all woe. His own experience did not absolutely confirm this.
Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on.