Stephen Leacock Quotes

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The humor of willful imbecility lives forever.


Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.
— Stephen Leacock
I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
— Stephen Leacock
I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
— Stephen Leacock

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A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something.
I detest life-insurance agents; they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.


Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.

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Golf may be played on Sunday, not being a game within the view of the law, but being a form of moral effort.


A half-truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.
Humor in its highest reach mingles with pathos: it voices sorrow for our human lot and reconciliation with it.


Humor is essentially a comforter, reconciling us to things as they are in contrast to things as they might be.


Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.


It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse.  This, however, I have.  I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.


Satire may be of a dozen kinds and used for a dozen purposes.  It may be personal, malicious, diabolical, and colorless, just a stick to beat a dog.  But humor is the very life of it.


Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing part of the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone?  You hadn't realized it.  And you notice that the sun has set already, the day gone before you knew it—and with that a cold wind blows across the landscape. That's retirement.