Don Marquis

humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)

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A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.Rate it:
A hypocrite is a person who--but who isn'tRate it:
A pessimist is a person who has to listen to too many optimists.Rate it:
An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.Rate it:
Between the years of ninety-two and a hundred and two, however, we shall be the ribald, useless, drunken, outcast person we have always wished to be. We shall have a long white beard and long white hair; we shall not walk at all, but recline in a wheel chair and bellow for alcoholic beverages; in the winter we shall sit before the fire with our feet in a bucket of hot water, a decanter of corn whiskey near at hand, and write ribald songs against organized society; strapped to one arm of our chair will be a forty-five calibre revolver, and we shall shoot out the lights when we want to go to sleep, instead of turning them off; when we want air we shall throw a silver candlestick through the front window and be damned to it; we shall address public meetings in a vein of jocund malice. We shall but we dont wish to make any one envious of the good time that is coming to us We look forward to a disreputable, vigorous, unhonoured, and disorderly old age.Rate it:
Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.Rate it:
Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.Rate it:
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.Rate it:
Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.Rate it:
Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you But if you really make them think, they'll hate you.Rate it:
Man cannot be uplifted he must be seduced into virtue.Rate it:
Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Rate it:
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.Rate it:
prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry intoRate it:
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.Rate it:
Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.Rate it:
The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.Rate it:
There is nothing so habit-forming as money.Rate it:
We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.Rate it:
When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him whose?Rate it:

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