I don't believe the writer should know too much where he's going. If he does, he runs into old man blueprint.
- Thurber on Writing
The head and body of a bloodhound; I gave him the short legs of a basset. I've always loved that dog. Although at first he was a device, I gradually worked him in as a sound creature in a crazy world.
- About the "Thurber Dog"
That draft isn't any good; it isn't supposed to be; the whole purpose is to sketch out proportions.
- Thurber on Writing First Drafts
Helen is one of the greatest proofreaders, editors, and critics I've ever known. She's often rescued things I've thrown aside. And, if there's something she doesn't like, she pulls no punches.
- About his wife Helen's role in his writing