Talk:Don Marquis

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  • A hypocrite is a person who — but who isn't?
  • 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
  • A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
  • A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.
  • An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
  • Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
  • Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.
  • Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
  • Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint.
  • Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.
  • fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.
  • Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.
  • Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
  • Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.
  • How often when they find a sage, As sweet as Socrates or Plato; They hand him hemlock for his wage, Or bake him like a sweet potato!
  • I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it's a paragraph in my column.
  • I say that I am myself, but what is this Self of mine But a knot in the tangled skein of things where chance and change combine?
  • I would rather start a family than finish one.
  • Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
  • If a child shows himself to be incorrigible, he should be decently and quietly beheaded at the age of twelve, lest he grow to maturity marry, and perpetuate his kind.
  • 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.
  • In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent.
  • Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.
  • Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
  • now and then
    there is a person born
    who is so unlucky
    that he runs into accidents
    which started out to happen
    to somebody else
  • Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged person has likely learned how to have a little fun in spite of his troubles.
  • Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.
  • Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  • Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.
  • prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into
  • Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
  • Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
  • Science has always been too dignified to invent a good backscratcher.
  • Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
  • Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
  • The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.
  • The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
  • There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
  • There is nothing so habit-forming as money.
  • We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
  • When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: "Whose?"
  • When you can't have anything else, you can have virtue.
  • The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it; what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.
  • I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of the descendants who boast of ancestors. I would rather start a family than finish one. Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
  • It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.
  • Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.