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Elisabeth Cobb

  • I think that perhaps it is impossible to be a wit without also being essentially, deeply, and tragically, a melancholy person.

  • It seems to me, though I may not know what I am talking about, that those who live in small towns are either so deeply part of their own place that they could never be happy in any other, and must, to be happy, be forever rooted to the streets, the faces, the customs, which they have always known; or else they are consumed with a passion to get out into the large world — and spend the rest of their lives trying to make it as much like home as possible.

  • ... critics, those pigeons on the monument, we have with us always.

  • Surely even the most self-confident and assured of artists must have moments of battling with self-doubt and so, in a way, every finished work of art is the triumph of one part of its creator's nature over another, and thus record of a Pyrrhic victory, gained and lost on the terribly personal battleground of one's own brainpan.

  • ... he was a great mimic ... Why, I've seen that man look more like a lobster than a lobster does ...

  • They conducted themselves as much like a pair of illiterate cattle drovers on a world tour as was possible, continually repeating with a relish no one else savored that deplorable old story of the two American tourists who arrive one morning at the Louvre where one of them says to the other, 'You take the inside, I'll take the outside and I'll meet you here in ten minutes.'

  • Somebody once called Los Angeles 'Seven Suburbs in Search of a City.'

Elisabeth Cobb, U.S. writer

(1902 - 1959)

Full name: Elisabeth Cobb Rogers.