Thomas Haliburton, fully Thomas Chandler Haliburton, pseudonym "Sam Slick"

Haliburton, fully Thomas Chandler Haliburton, pseudonym "Sam Slick"

Canadian Politician, Judge and Author known for his humorist sketches and essays

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The poor are everywhere more liberal, more obligin' and more hospitable, according to their means, than the rich are.

They are always in love or in liquor, or else in a row; they are the merriest shavers I ever seed.

We reckon hours and minutes to be dollars and cents.

Writin' only aggravates your opponents, and never convinces them.

The silent pig is the best feeder, but it remains a pig still, and hastens its death by growing too fat.

They have the ten commandments at their fingers' end.

What we hear with pleasure we afterward read with diminished satisfaction.

You are as sharp as a needle.

The sun has scarcely set behind the dark, wavy outline of the western hills, ere the Aurora Borealis mimics its setting beams, and revels with wild delight in the heavens, which it claims as its own, now ascending with meteor speed to the zenith, - then dissolving into a thousand rays of variegated light, that vie with each other which shall first reach the horizon; now flashing bright, brilliant and glowing, as emanations of the sun, then slowly retreating from view pale and silvery white. - Canadian humorist, 1849 Old Judge

This life ain't all beer and skittles.

When grasshoppers are so plenty as to make pastures poor, gobblers grow fat.

You can't get blood out of a stone, you know.

The sun never sets on it.

This place (that is, Nova Scotia) is as fertile as Illanoy or Ohio, as healthy as any part of the Globe, and right alongside of salt water; but the folks want three things, Industry, Enterprise, Economy.

When pleasure is the business of life it ceases to be pleasure.

You cant reform 'em, the only way is to chloriform them.

The upper-crust folks.

This was my first lesson, that squeamishness and indelicacy are often found united; in short, that in manners, as in other things, extremes meet.

When the Spring comes, and the fields are dry enough to be sowed, they all have to be plowed, cause fall rains wash the lands too much for fall ploughin. Well the ploughs have to be mended and sharpened, cause what's the use of doin that afore its wanted.

You have to cant a little with the world, if you want even common civil usage.

Then look at the beeowells of the airth; only think of the coal; and it's no use a-talkin - that's the only coal to supply us that we can rely on. Why, there ain't nothin' like it. It extends all the way from Bay of Fundy

Thunderin' long words ain't wisdom.

Whenever you make an impression on a man stop; your reasonin' and details may ruin you.

You hear nothin' but politics, politics, politics, one everlastin' give, give, give.

There are stranger things in reality than can be found in romances.

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Canadian Politician, Judge and Author known for his humorist sketches and essays