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William McFee Quotes


A writer of sea stories.
(1881 - 1966)

A trouble is a trouble, and the general idea, in the country, is to treat it as such, rather than to snatch the knotted cords from the hand of God and deal out murderous blows.
 

A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on.
 

Doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune.
[Action]
 

Fear, born of that stern matron, Responsibility.
[Fear]
 

If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.
[Luck]
 

It is so much easier to tell intimate things in the dark.
 

One must choose between Obscurity with Efficiency, and Fame with its inevitable collateral of Bluff.
 

People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune.
[Adversity]
 

Terrible and sublime thought, that every moment is supreme for some man and woman, every hour the apotheosis of some passion!
 

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.
[Enthusiasm]
 

There is nothing like an odor to stir memories.