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HENRY WHEELER SHAW
(USED PSEUDONYMS JOSH BILLINGS AND UNCLE ESEK)
American humorist
(1818 - 1885)
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Fun is a sugar-coated physic.
      - [Fun]

Fuss is half-sister to hurry, and neither of them can do anything without getting in their own way.
      - [Fuss]

Habits are like the wrinkles on a man's brow; if you will smooth out the one, I will smooth out the other.
      - [Habit]

Hunting after happiness is like hunting after a lost sheep in the wilderness--when you find it, the chances are that it is a skeleton.
      - [Happiness]

I do not know of a better cure for sorrow than to pity somebody else.
      - [Sorrow]

If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
      - [Perfection]

If mankind were only just what they pretend to be, the problem of the millennium would be immediately solved.
      - [Deceit]

If men were stubborn just in proportion as they were right, stubbornness would take her seat among the virtues; but men are generally stubborn just in proportion as they are ignorant and wrong.
      - [Stubbornness]

If you do not know how to lie, cheat, and steal, turn your attention to politics and learn.
      - [Politics]

Ignorance is the wet-nurse of prejudice.
      - [Ignorance]

Ill-nature is a sort of running sore of the disposition.
      - [Ill-nature]

Incredulity is the wisdom of a fool.
      - [Incredulity]

It is a great art to be superior to others without letting them know it.
      - [Superiority]

It is a great deal easier for a man to find a pedigree to fit his virtues than virtues to fit his pedigree.
      - [Virtue]

It is a statistical fact that the wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous do to enter heaven.
      - [Wickedness]

It is easier to be virtuous than it is to appear so, and it pays better.
      - [Virtue]

It is easy to assume a habit; but when you try to cast it off, it will take skin and all.
      - [Habit]

It is not much trouble to doctor sick folks, but to doctor healthy ones is troublesome.
      - [Doctors]

Jealousy is one of love's parasites.
      - [Jealousy]

Knowledge is like money,--the more a man gets, the more he craves.
      - [Knowledge]

Laziness is a good deal like money,--the more a man has of it, the more he seems to want.
      - [Laziness]

Liberty, like chastity, once lost, can never be regained in its original purity.
      - [Liberty]

Men are seldom underrated; the mercury in a man finds its true level in the eyes of the world just as certainly as it does in the glass of a thermometer.
      - [Appreciation]

Men who have much to say use the fewest words.
      - [Words]

Method is the arithmetic of success.
      - [Method]


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