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Anti-Semitism

  • That a Jew is despised or persecuted is bad for him, of course — but far worse for the Christian who does it — for although persecuted he can remain a good Jew — whereas no Christian who persecutes can possibly remain — if he ever was one — a good Christian!

  • ... it came to me, as we sat there, glumly ordering lunch, that for extremely stupid people anti-Semitism was a form of intellectuality, the sole form of intellectuality of which they were capable. It represented, in a rudimentary way, the ability to make categories, to generalize.

    • Mary McCarthy,
    • "Artists in Uniform" (1953), On the Contrary ()
  • ... it is sad, very sad, that once more, for the umpteenth time, the old truth is confirmed: 'What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.'

  • 'I'm no antisemite. Why, some of my best — ' 'I know, dear,' Anne put in, 'and some of your other best friends are Methodists, but you never bother saying it.'

  • No yellow armband, no marked park bench, no Gestapo. Just here a flick and there another. ... But day by day the little thump of insult. Day by day the tapping on the nerves, the delicate assault on the proud stuff of a man's identity.

  • [During a pre-war interview with Hitler when he screamed at her, 'The Jews! The Jews! What are you doing about the Jews in America?':] Why nothing. We think we're just as good as they are.