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Don Marquis Quotes

An American humorist, journalist and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist and playwright.
(1878 - 1937)

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A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country.

A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?

A little while with grief and laughter, And then the day will close; The shadows gather . . . what comes after No man knows.

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

A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.

Adolescence is certainly far from a uniformly pleasant period. Early manhood might be the most glorious time of all were it not that the sheer excess of life and vigor gets a fellow into continual scrapes.

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.

As the skull of a man grows broader, so do his creeds. And his gods they are shaped in his image and mirror his needs. And he clothes them with thunders and beauty, he clothes them with music and fire, seeing not, as he bows by their altars, that he worships his own desire.

Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.

Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.

By the time a bartender knows what drink a man will have before he orders, there is little else about him worth knowing.

Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.

Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint.

Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.

Friends, I beg you do not shirk your daily task of indolence.
[One Day]

Happiness comes fleetingly now and then to those who have learned to do without it, and to them only.

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

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