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HENRY WHEELER SHAW
(USED PSEUDONYMS JOSH BILLINGS AND UNCLE ESEK)
American humorist
(1818 - 1885)
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Morally considered, laughter is next to the Ten Commandments.
      - [Laughter]

Nature makes all the noblemen; wealth, education, or pedigree never made one yet.
      - [Nobility]

Occasions are rare; and those, who know how to seize upon them are rarer.
      - [Opportunity]

Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
      - [Gossip]

Opinions should be formed with great caution, and changed with greater.
      - [Opinion]

Our continual desire for praise ought to convince us of our mortality, if nothing else will.
      - [Praise]

Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.
      - [Necessity]

Peace is the soft and holy shadow that virtue casts.
      - [Peace]

Pedantry is paraded knowledge.
      - [Pedantry]

Pedigrees seldom improve by age; the grandson is too often a weak infringement on the grandsire's parent.
      - [Ancestry]

People travel to learn; most of them before they start should learn to travel.
      - [Travel]

People who have nothing to say are never at a loss in talking.
      - [Talking]

Perseverance is king.
      - [Perseverance]

Politeness is better than logic. You can often persuade when you cannot convince.
      - [Politeness]

Poverty is the stepmother of genius.
      - [Poverty]

Prejudice assumes the garb of reason, but the cheat is too thin.
      - [Prejudice]

Prejudice is a house-plant which is very apt to wilt if you take it out-of-doors among folks.
      - [Prejudice]

Pride seems to be equally distributed; the man who owns the carriage and the man who drives it seem to have it just alike.
      - [Pride]

Rivalry and envy are Siamese twins.
      - [Rivalry]

Rumor is a vagrant without a home, and lives upon what it can pick up.
      - [Rumor]

Rumor is like bees; the more you fight them the more you don't get rid of them.
      - [Rumor]

Satire that is seasonable and just is often more effectual than law or gospel.
      - [Satire]

Self-made men are most always apt to be a little too proud of the job.
      - [Conceit]

Selfish people, with no heart to speak of, have the best time of it.
      - [Indifference]

Seneca devoted much of his time to writing essays in praise of poverty, and in lending money at usurious rates.
      - [Wealth]


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