George Jean Nathan

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.


George Jean Nathan Quotes

George Jean Nathan #Anger

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
George Jean Nathan #Art #Great #Music

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

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

Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.
George Jean Nathan #Beauty #Men #Sad

Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.
George Jean Nathan #Humor #Men #Women

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 #Friendship

Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
George Jean Nathan #Men

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 #Patriotism

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

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 #Success

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

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

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 #Love

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

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.