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#1. Newspapermen learn to call a murderer "an alleged murderer" and the King of England "the alleged King of England" in order to avoid libel suits. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#2. Any man will admit if need be that his sight is not good, or that he cannot swim or shoots badly with a rifle, but to touch upon his sense of humour is to give him mortal affront. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#3. It's called political economy because it is has nothing to do with either politics or economy. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#4. Charles Dickens' creation of Mr. Pickwick did more for the elevation of the human race - I say it in all seriousness - than Cardinal Newman's Lead Kindly Light Amid the Encircling Gloom. Newman only cried out for light in the gloom of a sad world. Dickens gave it. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#5. You know, many a man realizes late in life that if when he was a boy he had known what he knows now, instead of being what he is he might be what he won't; but how few boys stop to think that if they knew what they don't know instead of being what they will be, they wouldn't be? - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#7. In Canada we have enough to do keeping up with two spoken languages ... so we just go right ahead and use English for literature, Scotch for sermons, and American for conversation. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#8. Education that stops with school stops where it is beginning. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#9. I admit that when the facts are not good enough, I always exaggerate them. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#10. It may be those who do most, dream most. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#11. Boarding-House Geometry DEFINITIONS AND AXIOMS All boarding-houses are the same boarding-house. Boarders in the same boarding-house and on the same flat are equal to one another. A single room is that which has no parts and no magnitude. The landlady of a boarding-house is a - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#12. If I were founding a university I would begin with a smoking room; next a dormitory; and then a decent reading room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn't use, I would hire a professor and get some text books. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#13. Any two meals at a boarding-house are together less than two square meals. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#14. Being a specialist is one thing, getting a job is another. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#15. Too much has been said of the heroes of history-the strong men, the troublesome men; too little of the amiable, the kindly, the tolerant. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#16. The sorrows and disasters of Europe always brought fortune to America. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#17. Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#18. You cannot depict love inside a frame of fact. It needs a mist to dissolve in. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#19. The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#20. A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to go out and kill something. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#21. The Victorians needed parody. Without it their literature would have been a rank and weedy growth, over-watered with tears. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#22. The tears of childhood fall fast and easily, and evil be to him who makes them flow. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#23. The road comes to an end just when it ought to be getting somewhere. The passengers alight, shaken and weary, to begin, all over again, something else. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#24. My parents migrated to Canada in 1876, and I decided to go with them. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#25. 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. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#26. The English are terribly lazy about fighting. They like to get it over and done with and then set up a game of cricket. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#27. About the only good thing you can say about old age is, it's better than being dead! - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#28. It is to be observed that 'angling' is the name given to fishing by people who can't fish. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#29. All our yesterdays, it is true, have only lighted fools the way to dusty death. But we need at least the dates of the yesterdays and the list of the fools. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#30. Concealed from view a face so face-like in its appearance as to be positively facial. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#31. Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#32. Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#33. It's a lie, but Heaven will forgive you for it. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#34. If their occupation is actual work they prefer to pump water into cisterns,
two of which leak through holes in the bottom and one of
which is water-tight. A, of course, has the good one; - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#35. Golf may be played on Sunday, not being a game within the view of the law, but being a form of moral effort. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#36. The Lord said 'let there be wheat' and Saskatchewan was born. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#37. He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.
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#38. There is no doubt that many things in life come to us ... at backrounds so to speak. Happiness is one of them. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#39. I've seen lifelong friends drift apart over golf just because one could play better, but the other counted better. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#40. Humour in its highest reach mingles with pathos: it voices sorrow for our human lot and reconciliation with it. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#41. In the field of letters, as apart from medicine and science, professors do not lead but follow. Their wisdom is always that of a post-mortem. They - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#42. I owe a lot to my teachers and mean to pay them back some day. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#43. What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#44. I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#45. A silk dress in four sections, and shoes with high heels that would have broken the heart of John Calvin. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#46. Writing is not hard. Just get paper and pencil, sit down, and write as it occurs to you. The writing is easy-it's the occurring that's hard. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#47. The landlady of a boarding-house is a parallelogram - that is, an oblong angular figure, which cannot be described, but which is equal to anything. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#48. Presently I shall be introduced as 'this venerable old gentleman' and the axe will fall when they raise me to the degree of 'grand old man'. That means on our continent any one with snow-white hair who has kept out of jail till eighty. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#49. We think of the noble object for which the professor appears tonight, we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one who will laugh at the professor. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#50. On the same bill and on the same side of it there should not be two charges for the same thing. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#51. In earlier times they had no statistics and so they had to fall back on lies. Hence the huge exaggerations of primitive literature, giants, miracles, wonders! It's the size that counts. They did it with lies and we do it with statistics: but it's all the same. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#52. Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#53. There is an old motto that runs, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." This is nonsense. It ought to read, "If at first you don't succeed, quit, quit at once." - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#54. Electricity is of two kinds, positive and negative. The difference is, I presume, that one comes a little more expensive, but is more durable; the other is a cheaper thing, but the moths get into it. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#55. Have just been reading in the press the agonizing statement that there are only 4,000,000,000,000 cords of pulp wood left in the world, and that in another fifty years it will be all gone. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#56. I am what is called a professor emeritus - from the Latin e, 'out,' and meritus, 'so he ought to be. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#57. American politicians do anything for money ... English politicians take the money and won't do anything. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#58. It was Einstein who made the real trouble. He announced in 1905 that there was no such thing as absolute rest. After that there never was. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#59. To me, as a lover of Nature, the waving of a tree conveys thoughts which are never conveyed to me except by seeing a tree wave. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#60. Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#61. Surely if we all try hard, we can all lift ourselves up high above the average. It looks a little difficult mathematically, but that's nothing. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#62. Indeed I have always found that the only thing in regard to Toronto which faraway people know for certain is that McGill University is in it. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#63. 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. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#64. Modern critics, who refuse to let a plain thing alone, have now started a theory that Cervantes's work is a vast piece of "symbolism." If so, Cervantes didn't know it himself and nobody thought of it for three hundred years. He meant it as a satire upon the silly romances of chivalry. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#65. 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. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#66. Many a man inlove with a dimple makes the mistake of marring the whole Girl - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#67. There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike - information and wit. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#68. The attempt to make the consumption of beer criminal is as silly and as futile as if you passed a law to send a man to jail for eating cucumber salad. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#69. In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#70. Humour is essentially a comforter, reconciling us to things as they are in contrast to things as they might be. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#71. Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing, except Wales, which doesn't. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#72. Dickens had, with all his genius, the narrow short sight of his day and class, sentimental tears for poverty but no vision to remove it except by inviting everybody to be as noble a fellow as himself. War - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#73. Advertising - A judicious mixture of flattery and threats. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#74. I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#75. The minute a man is convinced he is interesting, he isn't. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#76. Chess is one long regret. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#77. All Dickens's humour couldn't save Dickens, save him from his overcrowded life, its sordid and neurotic central tragedy and its premature collapse. But Dickens's humour, and all such humour, has saved or at least greatly served the world. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#78. The parent who could see his boy as he really is, would shake his head and say: 'Willie is no good; I'll sell him. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#79. A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#80. Humor may be defined as the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life, and the artistic expression thereof. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#81. You can never have international peace as long as you have national poverty. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#82. It is difficult to be funny and great at the same time. Aristophanes and Moliere and Mark Twain must sit below Aristotle and Bossuet and Emerson. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#83. The great man ... walks across his century and leaves the marks of his feet all over it, ripping out the dates on his goloshes as he passes. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#84. In point of morals, the average woman is, even for business, too crooked. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#85. Most people can tire of a lecture in fifteen minutes, clever people can do it in five, and sensible people don't go to lectures at all. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#86. Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#87. With the Great Detective, to think was to act, and to act was to think. Frequently he could do both together. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#88. To write well it is first necessary to have something to say. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#89. Professors of theory merely hold post-mortems. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#90. When actors begin to think, it's time for a change. They are not fitted for it. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#91. The Compleat Angler is acknowledged to be one of the world's books. Only the trouble is that the world doesn't read its books, it borrows a detective story instead. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#92. The classical scholars have kept alive the tradition of the superiority of the ancient languages
a kaleidoscopic mass of suffixes and prefixes, supposed to represent an infinite shading of meaning. It is a character they share with the Ojibway and the Zulu. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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#93. 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. - Author: Stephen Leacock
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