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HENRY WHEELER SHAW
(USED PSEUDONYMS JOSH BILLINGS AND UNCLE ESEK)
American humorist
(1818 - 1885)
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There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness, and none more profitable.
      - [Politeness]

There is no limit to the vanity of this world. Each spoke in the wheel thinks the whole strength of the wheel depends upon it.
      - [Vanity]

There is no passion of the human heart that promises so much and pays so little as revenge.
      - [Revenge]

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
      - [Forgiveness]

There never yet was a mother who taught her child to be an infidel.
      - [Infidelity]

Time is like money; the less we have of it to spare, the further we make it go.
      - [Time]

Titles are valuable; they make us acquainted with many persons who otherwise would be lost among the rubbish.
      - [Titles]

Too many individuals are like Shakespeare's definition of "echo,"--babbling gossips of the air.
      - [Gossip]

True valor is like honesty; it enters into all that a man sees and does.
      - [Valor]

Truth is the edict of God.
      - [Truth]

Unless we put heart and soul into our labor we but brutify our actions.
      - [Work]

Vanity is a strange passion; rather than be out of a job it will brag of its vices.
      - [Vanity]

Virtue does not consist in the absence of the passions, but in the control of them.
      - [Virtue]

We have some writers so abstruse and deep that they drown themselves in their fathomless sentences.
      - [Writing]

We mingle in society not so much to meet others as to escape ourselves.
      - [Society]

When good-natured people leave us we look forward with extra pleasure to their return.
      - [Good Humor]

Where religion is a trade, morality is a merchandise.
      - [Religion]

Wisdom deprives even poverty of half its power.
      - [Wisdom]

Wise men have but few confidants, and cunning ones none.
      - [Confidence]

Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words.
      - [Words]

You can reach stupidity only with a cannon ball.
      - [Obtuseness]

You cannot analyze a kiss any more than you can dissect the fragrance of flowers.
      - [Kisses]

Young widows still bide their time.
      - [Widows]

Zoroaster said, when in doubt abstain; but this does not always apply. At cards, when in doubt take the trick.
      - [Distrust]


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