Author: Don Marquis

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

Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

(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

An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.

(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

Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

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

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

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

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.

(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 they’re reading to themselves.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.

(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

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

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.

(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

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

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

I would rather start a family than finish one.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author













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