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A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
~ Max Eastman - [Fun]

 

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A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
~ Max Eastman - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
~ Max Eastman - [Emotions]

 

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Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
~ Max Eastman - [Laughter]

 

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The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
~ Max Eastman - [Arts and Artists]

 

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