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HENRY WHEELER SHAW
(USED PSEUDONYMS JOSH BILLINGS AND UNCLE ESEK)
American humorist
(1818 - 1885)
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Shame is the dying embers of virtue.
      - [Shame]

Show me a thoroughly contented person, and I will show you a useless one.
      - [Contentment]

Silence is one of the hardest kind of arguments to refute. There is no good substitute for wisdom; but silence is the best that has yet been discovered.
      - [Silence]

Silence never makes any blunders.
      - [Silence]

Society is composed of slow Christians and wide-awake sinners.
      - [Society]

Stupidity,--unconscious ignorance.
      - [Stupidity]

Success covers a multitude of blunders.
      - [Success]

Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one the second time.
      - [Success]

Successful writers learn at last what they should learn at first,--to be intelligently simple.
      - [Authorship]

Take the humbug out of this world, and you haven't much left to do business with.
      - [Quacks]

Take the selfishness out of this world and there would be more happiness than we should know what to do with.
      - [Selfishness]

Tears are a good alterative, but a poor diet.
      - [Tears]

The books are balanced in heaven, not here.
      - [Justice]

The easiest thing for our friends to discover in us, and the hardest thing for us to discover in ourselves, is that we are growing old.
      - [Age]

The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.
      - [Procrastination]

The highest philosophers, in explaining the mystery of this world, are obliged to call in the aid of another.
      - [World]

The most sublime courage I have ever witnessed has been among that class too poor to know they possessed it, and too humble for the world to discover it.
      - [Courage]

The nearest we can come to) perfect happiness is to cheat ourselves with the belief that we have got it.
      - [Happiness]

The soul has more diseases than the body.
      - [Soul]

The unfortunate do not pity the unfortunate.
      - [Pity]

The very thing that men think they have got the most of, they have got the least of; and that is judgment.
      - [Judgment]

Theory looks well on paper, but does not amount to anything without practice.
      - [Practice]

There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.
      - [Trouble]

There is a significant Latin proverb, to wit, Who will guard the guards?
      - [Vigilance]

There is a sort of charm in ugliness, if the person has some redeeming qualities and is only ugly enough.
      - [Ugliness]


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