Stephen Leacock - Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so. ---->>>

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

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

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

In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies. ---->>>

It may be those who do most, dream most. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing, except Wales, which doesn't. ---->>>

On the same bill and on the same side of it there should not be two charges for the same thing. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Canadian
Born: December 30, 1869
Birthplace:
Die: 03-28, 1944
Occupation: Economist
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Stephen P. H. Butler Leacock, FRSC (30 December 1869 – 28 March 1944) was a Canadian teacher, political scientist, writer, and humorist. Between the years 1915 and 1925, he was the best-known English-speaking humorist in the world. He is known for his light humour along with criticisms of people's follies (wikipedia)