Don Marquis Quotes

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.

A pessimist is a person who has to listen to too many optimists.

An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.

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.

Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.

Man cannot be uplifted he must be seduced into virtue.

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.



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