Josh Billings, pen name for Henry Wheeler Shaw, aka Uncle Esek

Billings, pen name for Henry Wheeler Shaw, aka Uncle Esek

American Humorist

Author Quotes

The more ideas a man has the fewer words he takes to express them. Wise men never talk to make time; they talk to save it.

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

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

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

No one can disgrace us but ourselves.

It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.

It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.

It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.

It ain't often that a man's reputation outlasts his money.

I have never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else.

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

When the truth is in your way, you are on the wrong road.

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

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

There are but few men who have character enough to lead lives of idleness.

The best creed we can have is charity toward the creeds of others.

Peace is the soft and holy shadow that virtue casts.

It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.

Dispatch is taking time by the ears; hurry is taking it by the end of the tail.

Delicacy is the coquetry of truth; fastidiousness is the prudery of falsehood.

Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.

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

Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.

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American Humorist