23 Captivating Herman Wouk Quotes

Herman Wouk is an American author, most known for his best selling novel, ‘The Caine Mutiny. With a multitude of awards and honors received throughout his lifetime, Wouk has authored dozens of published works. Here is a look at some of the most renowned Herman Wouk quotes ever recorded.

“A leader can’t dash ahead around the bend out of sight.”

“A writer is nothing but a gray dirt-covered root. The works he sends up into the sunlight are his fruits, and only those are worthy of attention.”

“About the nicest thing God ever invented was alcohol. He’s proud of it, too. The Bible’s full of kind remarks about booze.”

“I felt there’s a wealth in Jewish tradition, a great inheritance. I’d be a jerk not to take advantage of it.”

“I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans.”


“I regard the writing of humor as a supreme artistic challenge.”

“I try to write a certain amount each day, five days a week. A rule sometimes broken is better than no rule.”

“Illusion is an anodyne, bred by the gap between wish and reality.”

“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”

“Peace, if it ever exists, will not be based on the fear of war, but on the love of peace. It will not be the abstaining from an act, but the coming of a state of mind.”

“Some hours weigh against a whole lifetime.”

“Some people think that all the equipment you need to discuss religion is a mouth.”

“Strange, isn’t it, that warfare has come down to fencing with complicated toys that only a few seedy scholars can make or understand.”

“The American people are not cowardly. But, living in prosperous isolation, they have been the spoiled children of modern history.”

“The door available to everyone that can lead to happiness & success is the modest door of the public library. I found it to be so in my own life and work.”

“The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots. If you’re not an idiot, but find yourself in the Navy, you can only operate well by pretending to be one.”

“The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.”

“The only true non-conformists are in the asylums; the only radically free spirits are in the death house awaiting the chair. We live by patterns.”

“The President has a quick and able mind, though not everybody gives him that, not by a long shot.”

“This life is slow suicide, unless you read.”

“War is a business in which a lot of people watch a few people get killed and are damn glad it wasn’t them.”

“We are in the black theater of nonexistence. In an eye blink the curtain is up, the stage ablaze, for the vast drama of ourselves.”

“Write a page a day. It will add up.”

Herman Wouk, a Pulitzer Prize winning author reads a bit from his works on University of California Television.

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