O. Henry Quotes

Most popular O. Henry Quotes

A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.
— O. Henry


"A straw vote," says I, "only shows which way the hot air blows."


That dull, laden, soul-depressing sensation known as the sense of duty.
— O. Henry


Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.


Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.


Fortune is a prize to be won. Adventure is the road to it. Chance is what may lurk in the shadows at the roadside.
— O. Henry
In The Big City a man will disappear with the suddenness and completeness of the flame of a candle that is blown out.
A story with a moral appended is like the bill of a mosquito. It bores you, and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience.


She is pale but affectionate, clinging to his arm—always clinging to his arm. Any one can see that she is a peach and of the cling variety.
It takes a man a lifetime to find out about one particular woman; but if he puts in, say, ten years, industrious and curious, he can acquire the general rudiments of the sex.
— O. Henry