Josh Billings Quotes

Who is Josh Billings?

Josh Billings was the pen name of American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw.

Born April 21, 1818
Died October 14, 1885

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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”

“A slander is like a hornet: If you cannot kill it dead at the first blow, better not to strike at it.”

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.”

“Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there.”

“Better make a weak man your enemy than your friend.”

“Debt is a trap which man sets and baits himself, and then deliberately gets into.”

“Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today.”

“Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been.”

“Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.”

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”

“I’ve never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else.”

“If the animals had reason, they would act just as ridiculous as we menfolks do.”

“If you do not know how to lie, cheat, and steal – turn your attention to politics and learn.”

“It ain’t often that a man’s reputation outlasts his money.”

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“It ain’t so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich.”

“Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.”

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“Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.”

“Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.”

“Men of genius are like eagles, they live on what they kill, while men of talents are like crows, they live on what has been killed for them.”

“Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast – but I’d try a revolver first.”

“Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.”

“One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.”

“One of the rarest things that a man ever does is to do the best he can.”

“One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”

“Opinions should be formed with great caution – and changed with greater.”

“Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.”

“Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.”

“The best advice I was ever given was on my twenty-first birthday when my father said, “Son, here’s a million dollars. Don’t lose it.”

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“The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.”

“The world can never be considered educated until we spend as much on books as we do on chewing gum.”

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