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Don Marquis
July 29, 1878 - December 29, 1937
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.


We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.


When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'


Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.


The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it; what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.


Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.


Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.


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


By the time a bartender knows what drink a man will have before he orders, there is little else about him worth knowing.


Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint.


Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.


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


A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country.


Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged person has likely learned how to have a little fun in spite of his troubles.


Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.


Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.


I would rather start a family than finish one.


One of the most important things to remember about infant care is: don't change diapers in midstream.


There is nothing so habit-forming as money.


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


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