Josh Billings Quotes
Most popular Josh Billings Quotes
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets all the grease.
Pedantry is paraded knowledge.
Jealousy is one of love's parasites.
Remember the poor, it costs nothing.
Beauty is the melody of the features.
Ignorance is the wet-nurse of prejudice.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
We should make virtue our master, not our servant.
Our necessities are few but our wants are endless.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
Wisdom that don't make us happier ain't worth plowing for.
Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
Silence is one of the hardest kind of arguments to refute.
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.
Solitude is a good place to visit but a poor place to stay.
Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
Pyrotechnically considered, it is the fire-works of the soul.
The best way to convince a fool is to let him have his own way.
Be like a postage stamp - stick to one thing until you get there.
Live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so.
We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.
To bring up a child in the way he should go—travel that way yourself.
Knowledge is like money, the more a man gits the more he hankers for.
Opinions should be formed with great caution—and changed with greater.
Self-made men are most always apt to be a little too proud of the job.
You can't analyze a kiss any more than you can the breath of a flower.
We are happy in this world just in proportion as we make others happy.
Don't mistake pleasure for happiness. They're a different breed of dog.
In youth we run into difficulties, in old age difficulties run into us.
Advice is like kissing; it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.
A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
True valor is like honesty; it enters into all that a man sees and does.
He whom prosperity humbles, and adversity strengthens, is the true hero.
There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
Every man has a perfect right to his opinion, provided it agrees with ours.
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Human happiness consists in having what you want, and wanting what you have.
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.
There are people who exaggerate so much that they can't tell the truth without lying.
There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.
What the moral army needs just now is more rank and file and fewer brigadier generals.
If a man is right, he can't be too radical; if he is wrong, he can't be too conservative.
It is easy to assume a habit; but when you try to cast it off, it will take skin and all.
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
A witty writer is like a porcupine; his quill makes no distinction between friend and foe.
There is this difference between wit and humor: wit makes you think, humor makes you laugh.
The best condition in life is not to be so rich as to be envied nor so poor as to be damned.
There is no passion of the human heart that promises so much, and pays so little, as revenge.
The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.
Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.
Accepting praise that is not our due is not much better than to be a receiver of stolen goods.
When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants-and I give it to him.
The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain't so.
As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.
There are some people who are addicted to exaggeration that they can't tell the truth without lying.
A broken reputation is like a broken vase — it may be mended, but it always shows where the break was.
It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.
If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We couldn't even eat hash with any safety.
One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.
Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on the stuff he's made of.
One-half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying 'yes' too quickly and not saying 'no' soon enough.
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flattery is like Cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying "Yes" too quick and not saying "No" soon enough.
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training does on the pugilist—it reduces him to his fighting weight.
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.