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A collection of Peter De Vries quotes and sayings on celibacy, heart, pain, life, soul, thinking, experience, marriage, music, love, writer, God etc.

45 Notable Quotes By Peter De Vries

Famous As: Novelist
Born On: February 27, 1910
Died On: September 28, 1993
Born In: Chicago
Died At Age: 83
Popularly known for his satirical wit, Peter De Vries was an American editor and writer, tagged as the “funniest writer on religion ever”. With over 23 novels, he gained recognition due to his works ‘The Tunnel of Love’ and ‘The Blood of the Lamb’, along with various short stories, reviews, poetry, essays, plays. Many of his novels such as How Do I Love Thee?, Pete 'n' Tillie and Reuben, Reuben have made their way into the film theatres. During his struggling days, he supported himself with odd jobs working as vending machine operator, toffee-apple salesman and radio actor before getting hired by the Poetry magazine as an editor. De Vries was also inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters apart from honorary recognition from Susquehanna University. Before working briefly for the CIA, he attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Marines during his service in the Second World War, under the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). We have curated his notable quotes and sayings from his popular and famous books. Here is an exclusive collection of famous quotes from this witty American novelist
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Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.

Peter De Vries

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.

Peter De Vries

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.

Peter De Vries

What people believe is a measure of what they suffer.

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Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.

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Life is a zoo in a jungle

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Before the mind snaps, or the heart breaks, it gather itself like a clock about to strike. It might even be said one pulls himself together to disintegrate.

Peter De Vries

I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.

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There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you.

Peter De Vries

It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.

Peter De Vries

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.

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Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of [parenthood] is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

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We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.

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I made a tentative conclusion. It seemed from all of this that uppermost among human joys is the negative one of restoration: not going to the stars, but learning that one may stay where one is.

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My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.

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A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetric-ally once, and by car forever after.

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The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.

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Why is the awfulness of families such a popular reason for starting another?

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So we were back in the Children's Pavilion, and there was again the familiar scene: the mothers with their nearly dead, the false face of mercy, the Slaughter of the Innocents.

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Let us hope...that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring.

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The greatest experience open to man then is the recovery of the commonplace. Coffee in the morning and whiskeys in the evening again without fear. Books to read without that shadow falling across the page.

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Deep down, he's shallow.

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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Peter De Vries

We all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.

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You believe what you must in order to stave off the conviction that it's all a tale told by an idiot

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Let us hope, that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring.

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I wanted to be bored to death, as good a way to go as any.

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The rich aren't like us, they pay less taxes.

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When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.

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A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.

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We must love one another, yes, yes, that's all true enough, but nothing says we have to like each other.

Peter De Vries

Words fashioned with somewhat over precise diction are like shapes turned out by a cookie cutter.

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Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.

Peter De Vries

Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

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The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music.

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The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.

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The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

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The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.

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I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.

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Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.

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Pain is the question mark turned like a fishhook in the human heart.

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Celibacy is the worst form of self-abuse.

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Life is a zoo in a jungle.

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Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.

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The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly.

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