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HENRY WHEELER SHAW
(USED PSEUDONYMS JOSH BILLINGS AND UNCLE ESEK)
American humorist
(1818 - 1885)
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A man cannot learn to be wise any more than he can learn to be handsome.
      - [Wisdom]

A slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead the first blow, better not strike at it.
      - [Slander]

A witty writer is like a porcupine; his quill makes no distinction between friend and foe.
      - [Quill]

Admiration is a youthful fancy will which scarcely ever survives to mature years.
      - [Admiration]

Advice is like kissing: it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.
      - [Advice]

Advice maybe wrong, but examples prove themselves.
      - [Example]

Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
      - [Ambition]

And now the lads and lasses, following the example of the birds, bill and coo together.
      - [Valentine's Day]

As a general thing, an individual who is neat in his person is neat in his morals.
      - [Neatness]

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
      - [Truth]

As the flint contains the spark, unknown to itself, which the steel alone can awaken to life, so adversity often reveals to us hidden gems, which prosperity or negligence would forever have hidden.
      - [Adversity]

Biography is the best form of history.
      - [Biography]

Caution, though very often wasted is a good risk to take.
      - [Caution]

Clothes form the intellect of the dandy.
      - [Dandy]

Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.
      - [Debt]

Despatch is taking time by the ears; hurry is taking it by the end of the tail.
      - [Despatch]

Dr. Holmes says, both wittily and truly, that crying widows are easiest consoled.
      - [Grief]

Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well.
      - [Precocity]

Economy is a savings-bank, into which men drop pennies, and get dollars in return.
      - [Economy]

Error will slip through a crack, while truth will stick in a doorway.
      - [Error]

Every man should know something of law; if he knows enough to keep out of it, he is a pretty good lawyer.
      - [Lawyers]

Everybody in this world wants watching, but nobody more than ourselves.
      - [World]

Experience is a grindstone; and it is lucky for us if we can get brightened by it, and not ground.
      - [Experience]

Fools carry their daggers in their open mouths.
      - [Boasting]

Fortune is like a coquette; if you don't run after her, she will run after you.
      - [Fortune]


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