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Синклер Льюис

Дата рождения: 7. Февраль 1885
Дата смерти: 10. Январь 1951

Синклер Льюис — американский писатель; первый в США лауреат Нобелевской премии по литературе .


„Сначала вы требуете выпивку, потом выпивка требует выпивки, потом выпивка требует вас.“

„Больше всего человек обижается, если ставят под сомнение его чувство юмора или же его право быть несчастливым.“


„Я люблю Америку, но она мне не нравится.“

„We'd get sick on too many cookies, but ever so much sicker on no cookies at all.“

„I think perhaps we want a more conscious life.“

„It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.“

„Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.“

„Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on.“ It Can't Happen Here


„He loved the people just as much as he feared and detested persons.“ It Can't Happen Here

„The Maker of the universe with stars a hundred thousand light-years apart was interested, furious, and very personal about it if a small boy played baseball on Sunday afternoon.“ Elmer Gantry

„It isn't what you earn but how spend it that fixes your class.“ It Can't Happen Here

„I think perhaps we want a more conscious life. We're tired of drudging and sleeping and dying. We're tired of seeing just a few people able to be individualists. We're tired of always deferring hope till the next generation. We're tired of hearing politicians and priests and cautious reformers... coax us, 'Be calm! Be patient! Wait! We have the plans for a Utopia already made; just wiser than you.' For ten thousand years they've said that. We want our Utopia now — and we're going to try our hands at it.“ Main Street


„There are two insults which no human being will endure: The assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.“

„The Senator was vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his "ideas" almost idiotic, while his celebrated piety was that of a traveling salesman for church furniture, and his yet more celebrated humor the sly cynicism of a country store.
Certainly there was nothing exhilarating in the actual words of his speeches, nor anything convincing in his philosophy. His political platforms were only wings of a windmill.“
It Can't Happen Here

„It is one of the major tragedies that nothing is more discomforting than the hearty affection of the Old Friends who never were friends.“ Arrowsmith

„You're so earnest about morality that I hate to think how essentially immoral you must be underneath.“ Babbitt

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