“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.”
—James Branch Branch Cabell, 1926.
James Branch Cabell (/ˈkæbəl/; April 14, 1879 – May 5, 1958) was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres. Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, includingH. L. Mencken, Edmund Wilson, and Sinclair Lewis. His works were considered escapist and fit well in the culture of the 1920s, when they were most popular. For Cabell, veracity was “the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against human welfare.”
Frank C. Pape, Cabell’s principal illustrator
Quotes James Branch Cabell
- No lady is ever a gentleman.
- People marry for a variety of reasons and with varying results. But to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy.
- There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.