Life ain't all beer and skittles.— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
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Favoritism manifests itself in all departments of government, public and private. It is the harder to avoid, because it is so natural.
Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.
Mules and human jackasses are proverbially stubborn.
Wise men, like wine, are best when old; pretty women, like bread, are best when young.
If you have a thrust to make at your friend's expense, do it gracefully, it is all the more effective. Some one says the reproach that is delivered with hat in hand is the most telling.
Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience.
Be it remembered that we command nature, as it were, by obeying nature's laws;
so the woman who would control her husband does so through obedience.
There is the kiss of welcome and of parting, the long, lingering, loving, present one; the stolen, or the mutual one; the kiss of love, of joy, and of sorrow; the seal of promise and receipt of fulfillment.
There is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion.
The suspicious parent makes an artful child.
Absurdities die of self-strangulation.
What a sight there is in that "smile!" it changes like a chameleon.
There is a vacant smile, a cold smile, a smile of hate, a satiric smile, an affected smile; but, above all, a smile of love.
Some people have a perfect genius for doing nothing, and doing it assiduously.
When a man is wrong and won't admit is, he always gets angry.
Death and taxes are inevitable.
Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.
Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.
Fact is stranger than fiction.
There is nothing like fun, is there? I haven't any myself, but I do like it in others.
Hurry is only admissible in catching flies.
An uncontrolled imagination may become as surely intoxicated by overindulgence as a toper may do bodily with strong drink.
No one is rich whose expenditures exceed his means, and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.
The memory of past favors is like a rainbow, bright, vivid, and beautiful;
but it soon fades away. The in memory of injuries is engraved on the heart, and remains forever.
If it were not for a goodly supply of rumors, half true and half false, what would the gossips do?
Ceremony is all backbone.
Coerced innocence is like an imprisoned lark,--open the door, and it is off forever. The bird that roams through the sky and the groves unrestrained knows how to dodge the hawk and protect itself; but the caged one, the moment it leaves its bars and bolts behind, is pounced upon by the fowler or the vulture.
Give me a chance, says Stupid, and I will show you.
Ten to one he has had his chance already, and neglected it.
Wishes, like castles in the air, are inexpensive and not taxable.
Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend, not the man for your banker, though he may do for a traveling companion.
Punctuality is the sole of business.
[Grateful] Cheerfulness is health; its opposite, [ungrateful] melancholy, is disease.
Women forgive injuries, but never forget slights.
Over-confidence is as evil as undue anxiety.
Look not to a woman's head for her brains, but rather to her heart.
Vanity is not half a bad principle, if it will but stick to legitimate business.
People have no right to make fools of themselves, unless they have no relations to blush for them.
Money is a necessity; so is dirt.
Every man's religion is his own, and nobody else's business.
We can do without any article of luxury we have never had;
but when once obtained, it is not in human natur' to surrender it voluntarily.
He who sports compliments, unless he takes good aim, may miss his mark, and be wounded by the recoil of his own weapon.
Lawyers are like priests; people come to them and disburden themselves of their troubles, and get consolation, if they pay well for it; but there is one point in which they don't treat them like priests; they don't confess all their sins; they suppress them, and often get themselves and their counsel into a scrape by it, that's a fact.
Avarice fills its purse at the expense of its belly.
A brave man is sometimes a desperado: a bully is always a coward.
A coxcomb is four-fifths affectation and one-fifth vanity.
We reckon hours and minutes to be dollars and cents.
Impossible desires are the height of unreason.
Fun has no limits. It is like the human race and face; there is a family likeness among all the species, but they all differ.
There is nothing like fun, is there? I haven't any myself, but I do like it in others. O, we need it. We need all the counterweights we can muster to balance the sad relations of life. God has made many sunny spots in the heart; why should we exclude the light from them?
One of the old philosophers says that it is the part of wisdom to sometimes seem a fool; but in our day there are too many ready-made ones to render this a desirable policy.