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Stephen Leacock
December 30, 1869 - March 28, 1944
Nationality: Canadian
Category: Economist

Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.


It may be those who do most, dream most.


If every day in the life of a school could be the last day but one, there would be little fault to find with it.


It is to be observed that 'angling' is the name given to fishing by people who can't fish.


It's called political economy because it is has nothing to do with either politics or economy.


A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.


There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike - information and wit.


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


Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.


We think of the noble object for which the professor appears to-night, we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one who will laugh at the professor.


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


Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.


It's a lie, but Heaven will forgive you for it.


Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets.


Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.

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I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.


A sportsman is a man who every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something.


The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.


Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.


The Lord said 'let there be wheat' and Saskatchewan was born.


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