Quotes by Peter De Vries

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Peter De Vries (February 27, 1910 - September 28, 1993) was an American editor and comic novelist known for his satiric wit.

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

The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds -- they mature slowly.
The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.
I love being a writer, what I can't stand is the paperwork.
The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.
Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.
Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask, What's in it for me?
Life is a zoo in a jungle.
There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you.
The rich aren't like us; they pay less taxes.
It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.
We must love one another, yes, yes, that's all true enough, but nothing says we have to like each other. It may be the very recognition of all men as our brothers that accounts for the sibling rivalry, and even enmity, we have toward so many of them.
When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.
Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
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.
I am not impressed by the Ivy League establishments. Of course they graduate the best -- it's all they'll take, leaving to others the problem of educating the country. They will give you an education the way the banks will give you money -- provided you can prove to their satisfaction that you don't need it.
You can make a sordid thing sound like a brilliant drawing-room comedy. Probably a fear we have of facing up to the real issues. Could you say we were guilty of Noel Cowardice?
Let us hope, I prayed, that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring.
It is the final proof of Gods omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.

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