Don Marquis

Donald Robert Perry Marquis was an American humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, cartoonist, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He was best known for creating the characters "Archy" the cockroach, and "Mehitabel" the cat.
Found 25 thoughts of Don Marquis

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.

Don Marquis

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.

Don Marquis

Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

Don Marquis

The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.

Don Marquis

A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?

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The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.

Don Marquis

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

Don Marquis

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.

Don Marquis

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

Don Marquis

In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person. Yes, it is women who keep the church going.

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A pessimist is a person who has to listen to too many optimists.

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A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country.

Don Marquis

It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.

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A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.

Don Marquis

If a child shows himself to be incorrigible, he should be decently and quietly beheaded at the age of twelve, lest he grow to maturity marry, and perpetuate his kind.

Don Marquis

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Don Marquis

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'

Don Marquis

I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of the descendants who boast of ancestors. I would rather start a family than finish one. Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.

Don Marquis

Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.

Don Marquis

Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.

Don Marquis

Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.

Don Marquis

Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.

Don Marquis

Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into.

Don Marquis

By the time a bartender knows what drink a man will have before he orders, there is little else about him worth knowing.

Don Marquis

There is nothing so habit-forming as money.

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