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.

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The perjurer's mother told white lies.

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Despair is vinegar from the wine of hope.


An essential quality of beauty is aloofness.


Humor wades across a brook, wit jumps over it.

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Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius.

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


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


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


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.


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


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

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


Religion often gets credit for curing rascals when old age is the real medicine.
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We use religion like a trolley-car—we ride on it only while it is going our way.


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.


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


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