Nixon Waterman (12 November 1859, Newark, Kendall County, Illinois – 1 September 1944, Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts) was a newspaper writer, poet and Chautauqua lecturer, who rose to prominence in the 1890s.
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- No man can feel himself alone
The while he bravely stands
Between the best friends ever known
His two good, honest hands.
- Interludes, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Though life is made up of mere bubbles,
'T is better than many aver,
For while we've a whole lot of troubles,
The most of them never occur.
- Shreds and Patches, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens", Benjamin Disraeli, Henrietta Temple (1837), Book 2, chapter 4; "I say the very things that make the greatest Stir / An' the most interestin' things, are things that did n't occur", Sam Walter Foss, Things that did n't occur.
- A rose to the living is more
Than sumptuous wreaths to the dead.
- A Rose to the Living, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).