Josh Billings Quotes

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Every man has his follies -- and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.
There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
Knowledge is like money the more he gets, the more he craves.
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
When a man makes up his mind to become a rascal, he should examine himself closely and see if he isn't better constructed for a fool.
It ain't what folks know that's the problem, it's what they know that ain't so.
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
A man running for office puts me in mind of a dog that's lost--he smells everybody he meets, and wags himself all over.
Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
Love looks through a telescope envy, through a microscope.
We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.
Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.
It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.
After enlightenment, the laundry.
It is true that wealth won't make a man virtuous, but I notice there ain't anybody who wants to be poor just for the purpose of being good.
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul I suppose this depends somewhat upon the size of the soul. I think there are cases where the trade would do.
It's a wise man who profits by his own experience, but it's a good deal wiser one who lets the rattlesnake bite the other fellow.
Good nonsense is good sense in disguise.
The fools in this world make about as much trouble as the wicked do.
The man whose only pleasure in life is making money, weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
Some folks as they grow older grow wise, but most folks simply grow stubborner.
I never question a success, any more than I do the right of a bulldog to lie in his own gateway.
The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.
The time to pray is not when we are in a tight spot but just as soon as we get out of it.
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail then you can let go when you want to.
Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot.
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