Author: Don Marquis

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

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

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

(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

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

(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

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

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

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

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

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

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

(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

Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.

(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

I would rather start a family than finish one.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

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

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

There is nothing so habit-forming as money.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

(1878 – 1937) humorist, journalist & author

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