Austin O'Malley Quotes

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Most public speakers talk so badly that a sudden quotation from a poet appears in their babble like a lady in a slum.

oratory quotations

The perjurer's mother told white lies.

lies white lies

Despair is vinegar from the wine of hope.

despair

An essential quality of beauty is aloofness.

beauty

Humor wades across a brook, wit jumps over it.

wit humor wit vs. humor

Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius.

genius talent talent & genius

The best throw of the dice is to throw them away.
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gambling

Physical science is truth with her wings clipped.
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If wise men were hairs, the world would need a wig.
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Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.

revenge

Facts are carpet-tacks under the pneumatic tires of theory.

facts

A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market.

friendship

If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it.
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Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.

memory

Take a quart of nature, boil it down to a pint, and the residue is art.

art

Those that think it permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.

lies white lies

Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind.
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lying

Before you beat a child, be sure you yourself are not the cause of the offense.
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Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner.

envy

Religion often gets credit for curing rascals when old age is the real medicine.
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old age religion

We use religion like a trolley-car—we ride on it only while it is going our way.

religion

There is as close a connection between youth and faith as between age and compromise.
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In levying taxes and in shearing sheep it is well to stop when you get down to the skin.

taxes

If you keep your eyes so fixed on heaven that you never look at the earth, you will stumble into hell.
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vision

Each man's soul is a menagerie where Conscience, the animal-tamer, lives with a collection of wild beasts.

conscience

The difference between a mongrel and a thoroughbred, whether brute or man, is not in swiftness, beauty, or endurance, but in courage.

courage

Call it the Absolute, the Ideal, Perfection, Sanctity, Decency, or what you will, but strive toward it or you will smother in the morass.

perfection