Josh Billings

Josh Billings was the pen name of the American humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw (12 April 1818 - 14 October 1885). He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the 2nd half of the 19th century, after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.
Found 63 thoughts of Josh Billings

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

Josh Billings

It isn't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich.

Josh Billings

Every man has his follies -- and often they are the most interesting thing he had got.

Josh Billings

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

Josh Billings

As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.

Josh Billings

Knowledge is like money: the more one gets, the more one craves.

Josh Billings

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.

Josh Billings

As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family, she has a good right to them.

Josh Billings

I don't care how much a man talks, if he only says it in a few words.

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Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something.

Josh Billings

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.

Josh Billings

Don't mistake pleasures for happiness. They are a different breed of dog.

Josh Billings

One of rarest things that a man ever does is to do the best he can.

Josh Billings

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.

Josh Billings

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

Josh Billings

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.

Josh Billings

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.

Josh Billings

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.

Josh Billings

Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.

Josh Billings

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

Josh Billings

Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does.

Josh Billings

Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can't suffer all the misery he wants in that time, he must be numb.

Josh Billings

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Josh Billings

It is true that wealth won't make a man virtuous, but I notice there isn't anybody who wants to be poor just for the purpose of being good.

Josh Billings

To bring up a child in the way he should go - travel that way yourself.

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