Author: Don Marquis

Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

I would rather start a family than finish one.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

There is nothing so habit-forming as money.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

He worked like hell in the country so he could live in the city, where he worked like hell so he could live in the country.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when reading.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

A hypocrite is a person who – but who isn't?

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child’s parent or grandparent.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

A man thinks he amounts to a great deal but to a flea or a mosquito a human being is merely something good to eat.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Science has always been too dignified to invent a good backscratcher.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author
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