Quotes by Don Marquis

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Don Marquis (July 29, 1878 - December 29, 1937) was a writer, poet, and artist; best known for creating the characters "Archy" and "Mehitabel". Archy was a cockroach who left poems on Marquis's typewriter by jumping on the keys, and Mehitabel was both a cat and a friend of Archy.

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Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent.
A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it's a paragraph in my column.
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him whose?
If you make people think they're thinking they'll love you: but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
now and then there is a person born who is so unlucky that he runs into accidents which started out to happen to somebody else.
There is nothing so habit-forming as money.
An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.
Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.
Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into
Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
Science has always been too dignified to invent a good backscratcher.
Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.
a man thinks he amounts to a great deal but to a flea or a mosquito a human being is merely something good to eat
We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.
Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.
Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint
Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat
Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.
Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
When you can't have anything else, you can have virtue.
He worked like hell in the country so he could live in the city, where he worked like hell so he could live in the country.
I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well.
ihave often noticed thatancestors never boastof the descendants who boastof ancestors i wouldrather start a family thanfinish one blood will tell but oftenit tells too much
Between the years of ninety-two and a hundred and two, however, we shall be the ribald, useless, drunken, outcast person we have always wished to be. We shall have a long white beard and long white hair; we shall not walk at all, but recline in a wheel chair and bellow for alcoholic beverages; in the winter we shall sit before the fire with our feet in a bucket of hot water, a decanter of corn whiskey near at hand, and write ribald songs against organized society; strapped to one arm of our chair will be a forty-five calibre revolver, and we shall shoot out the lights when we want to go to sleep, instead of turning them off; when we want air we shall throw a silver candlestick through the front window and be damned to it; we shall address public meetings in a vein of jocund malice. We shall but we dont wish to make any one envious of the good time that is coming to us We look forward to a disreputable, vigorous, unhonoured, and disorderly old age.
what man calls civilizationalways results in desertsman is never on the squarehe uses up the fat and greenery of the eartheach generation wastes a little moreof the future with greed and lust for riches

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