Don Marquis: American Savant

“Ours is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.” Don Marquis, American novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, playwright, cartoonist, folk philosopher, and creator of archy and mehitabel, who was born on 29 July 1878.

Some quotes from Don Marquis, a man who possessed both keen wit and good sense:

“A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.”
“Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.”
“Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.”
“Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.”
“Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.”
“In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child’s parent or grandparent.”
“An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.”
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”
“Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.”
“The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it; what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.”

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