Talk:Artemus Ward

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Added item attributed to Artemus Ward:

"It ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble, it’s the things we do know that just ain’t so."

Quoted in the article "Knowledge in the U.S." by Robert McHenry, Chicago Tribune 3/21/05)
Tclose 16:26, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
That attribution appears to be incorrect or for a variant of an earlier quote; see Josh Billings. Abb3w (talk) 16:15, 16 February 2016 (UTC)

This exact quote is attributed to, "the humorist, Artemus Ward," near the end of the 1946 movie, Sister Kenny, starring Rosalind Russell.


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  • I have given two cousins to war and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife's brother.
  • My wife is one of the best wimin on this Continent, altho' she isn't always gentle as a lamb with mint sauce.
  • The happy married man dies in good stile at home, surrounded by his weeping wife and children. The old bachelor don't die at all - he sort of rots away, like a pollywog's tail.
  • They drink with impunity, or anybody who invites them.
  • Why don't you show us a statesman who can rise up to the emergency, and cave in the emergency's head?
  • It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble, it's the things we do know that just ain't so.