Don Marquis Quotes

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Beauty gets the best of it in this world.
— Don Marquis
There is nothing so habit-forming as money.
— Don Marquis

money

procrastination is the
art of keeping
up with yesterday.

procrastination

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
— Don Marquis

optimism experience

An optimist is a guy
that has never had much
experience.

optimism

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe it.
— Don Marquis

ideas

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
— Don Marquis

ideas

Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
— Don Marquis

old age

The saddest ones are those that wear the jester's motley garb.
— Don Marquis
Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

integrity

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.

fishing

Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.

boring people

Bores bore each other, too, but it never seems to teach them anything.
— Don Marquis

boring people

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.

obstacles

The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.

newspapers

Many a parent spanks his children for things his own parents should of spanked out of him.
— Don Marquis
Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
— Don Marquis

business

Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.
— Don Marquis

determination

The successful people are the ones who can think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
— Don Marquis

success

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

poetry

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think they'll hate you.
— Don Marquis
Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel just as good as ever.
— Don Marquis

age middle age

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; But if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
— Don Marquis

thinking food for thought

It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.
— Don Marquis
A fierce unrest seethes at the core
Of all existing things:
It was the eager wish to soar
That gave the gods their wings.

aspiration

now and then
there is a person born
who is so unlucky
that he runs into accidents
which started to happen
to somebody else.

luck

How often when they find a sage as sweet as Socrates or Plato they hand him hemlock for his wage, or bake him like a sweet potato!
— Don Marquis
If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.
— Don Marquis

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