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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“Crises have a way of thrusting into the limelight hitherto obscure persons, and giving them, for a long or short period, a leading role.”


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

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

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“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“When a tree falls it resounds with a thundering crash; and yet a whole forest grows in silence.”


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