Quotation by John Dos Passos

When the typewriter stops in a New York office everybody's embarrassed; men start to quarrel or to make love to the stenographer or drop lighted cigarettes in the wastebasket.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Journeys Between Wars, "Russian Visa: 1. Brooklyn to Helsingfors," Harcourt Brace and Company (1938).
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