Josh Billings Quotes

Most popular Josh Billings Quotes

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets all the grease.
— Josh Billings

complaining

Pedantry is paraded knowledge.
— Josh Billings (Edge-Tools of Speech)
Jealousy is one of love's parasites.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings’ Wit and Humor)

jealousy

Remember the poor, it costs nothing.
— Josh Billings

poverty

Beauty is the melody of the features.
— Josh Billings (Uncle Sam’s Uncle Josh: Or, Josh Billings on Practically Everything)

beauty

Ignorance is the wet-nurse of prejudice.
— Josh Billings (The Spectator)

ignorance

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
— Josh Billings

forgiveness

Our necessities are few but our wants are endless.
— Josh Billings (Wanting)
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
— Josh Billings

silence

We should make virtue our master, not our servant.
— Josh Billings (On Ice: And Other Things)

virtue

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
— Josh Billings

common sense genius

It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
— Josh Billings
Wisdom that don't make us happier ain't worth plowing for.
— Josh Billings (On Ice: And Other Things)

wisdom

Silence is one of the hardest kind of arguments to refute.
— Josh Billings

arguments silence

Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
— Josh Billings (A Dictionary of Similes)

ambition

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.
— Josh Billings

praise

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings’ Wit and Humor)

envy love

Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.
— Josh Billings

solitude

Pyrotechnically considered, it is the fire-works of the soul.
— Josh Billings (Everybody’s Friend)

laughter

Flattery is like Cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
— Josh Billings (The Complete Works of Josh Billings)

flattery

The best way to convince a fool is to let him have his own way.
— Josh Billings

foolishness persuasion

Be like a postage stamp - stick to one thing until you get there.
— Josh Billings
Live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so.
— Josh Billings

credit

We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings, His Sayings)

advice

Knowledge is like money, the more a man gits the more he hankers for.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings’ Wit and Humor)

knowledge

To bring up a child in the way he should go—travel that way yourself.
— Josh Billings

parenting

Self-made men are most always apt to be a little too proud of the job.
— Josh Billings

success

Opinions should be formed with great caution—and changed with greater.
— Josh Billings

critical thinking opinions

We are happy in this world just in proportion as we make others happy.
— Josh Billings

happiness proverbs

You can't analyze a kiss any more than you can the breath of a flower.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings’ Wit and Humor)

kiss

Advice is like kissing; it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.
— Josh Billings (The Complete Works of Josh Billings)

advice

A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
— Josh Billings

lying

Don't mistake pleasure for happiness. They're a different breed of dog.
— Josh Billings
In youth we run into difficulties, in old age difficulties run into us.
— Josh Billings
He whom prosperity humbles, and adversity strengthens, is the true hero.
— Josh Billings (Everybody’s Friend)

heroism

True valor is like honesty; it enters into all that a man sees and does.
— Josh Billings
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
— Josh Billings

human nature imagination the past

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings: Hiz Sayings)

truth

There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins.
— Josh Billings

babies

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
— Josh Billings

pets

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
— Josh Billings

life

Every man has a perfect right to his opinion, provided it agrees with ours.
— Josh Billings

truth

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

advice

Human happiness consists in having what you want, and wanting what you have.
— Josh Billings

happiness proverbs

There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
— Josh Billings

experience

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
— Josh Billings (Uncle Sam’s Uncle Josh)

editors

Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.
— Josh Billings

Fools

There are people who exaggerate so much that they can't tell the truth without lying.
— Josh Billings (Uncle Sam’s Uncle Josh: Or, Josh Billings on Practically Everything)

exaggeration

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.
— Josh Billings

intelligence

What the moral army needs just now is more rank and file and fewer brigadier generals.
— Josh Billings (A History of American Literature)

morals

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
— Josh Billings

knowledge and wisdom learning wisdom

If a man is right, he can't be too radical; if he is wrong, he can't be too conservative.
— Josh Billings

moderation politics right and wrong

It is easy to assume a habit; but when you try to cast it off, it will take skin and all.
— Josh Billings

habit

A witty writer is like a porcupine; his quill makes no distinction between friend and foe.
— Josh Billings (The Complete Works of Josh Billings)

writers

There is this difference between wit and humor: wit makes you think, humor makes you laugh.
— Josh Billings (Uncle Sam’s Uncle Josh)

humor wit wit vs. humor

The best condition in life is not to be so rich as to be envied nor so poor as to be damned.
— Josh Billings

wealth

The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings, His Sayings)

procrastination

There is no passion of the human heart that promises so much, and pays so little, as revenge.
— Josh Billings (The Complete Works of Josh Billings)

revenge

Accepting praise that is not our due is not much better than to be a receiver of stolen goods.
— Josh Billings

praise proverbs

Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.
— Josh Billings

love marriage

When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants-and I give it to him.
— Josh Billings

advice

The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain't so.
— Josh Billings

ignorance knowledge

As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.
— Josh Billings

luck

There are some people who are addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying.
— Josh Billings
A broken reputation is like a broken vase — it may be mended, but it always shows where the break was.
— Josh Billings
It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.
— Josh Billings

human nature morals

If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We couldn't even eat hash with any safety.
— Josh Billings

faith

One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.
— Josh Billings

saying no

One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying "Yes" too quick and not saying "No" soon enough.
— Josh Billings

saying no saying Yes

Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on the stuff he's made of.
— Josh Billings (Forbes)

life

One-half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying 'yes' too quickly and not saying 'no' soon enough.
— Josh Billings

saying no

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training does on the pugilist—it reduces him to his fighting weight.
— Josh Billings (Affurisms: Slips of the Pen)

adversity

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
— Josh Billings

adversity

A secret ceases to be a secret if it is once confided—it is like a dollar bill, once broken, it is never a dollar again.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings, His Sayings)

secrets

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
— Josh Billings

health

It's a wise man who profits by his own experience, but it's a good deal wiser one who lets the rattlesnake bite the other fellow.
— Josh Billings

experience

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her spectacles, safe on her nose all the time.
— Josh Billings (Moderator-Topics)

happiness

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.
— Josh Billings (Uncle Sam’s Uncle Josh: Or, Josh Billings on Practically Everything)

certainty

Hunting after happiness is like hunting after a lost sheep in the wilderness, when you find it, the chances are that it is a skeleton.
— Josh Billings

happiness proverbs

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it as the old woman did her lost spectacles safe on her own nose all the time.
— Josh Billings
Most of the advice we receive from others is not so much an evidence of their affection for us, as it is an evidence of their affection for themselves.
— Josh Billings (Josh Billings, His Sayings)

advice

As the flint contains the spark, unknown to itself, which the steel alone can awaken to life, so adversity often reveals to us hidden gems which prosperity or negligence would forever have hidden.
— Josh Billings (The Complete Works of Josh Billings)

adversity