Josh Billings Quotations

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The trouble with people is not that they don’t know but that they know so much that ain’t so.
– Josh Billings

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
– Josh Billings

There is gravity in wisdom, but no particular wisdom in gravity.
– Josh Billings

There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.
– Josh Billings

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so.
– Josh Billings

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
– Josh Billings

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
– Josh Billings

A learned fool is one who has read everything, and simply remembered it.
– Josh Billings

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
– Josh Billings

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.
– Josh Billings

A slander is like a hornet; if you can’t kill it dead the first time, better not strike at it.
– Josh Billings

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
– Josh Billings

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist – it reduces him to his fighting weight.
– Josh Billings

As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.
– Josh Billings

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
– Josh Billings

Better make a weak man your enemy than your friend.
– Josh Billings

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
– Josh Billings

Confess your sins to the Lord, and you will be forgiven; confess them to men, and you will be laughed at.
– Josh Billings

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
– Josh Billings

Experience increases our wisdom but doesn’t reduce our follies.
– Josh Billings

Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been.
– Josh Billings

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
– Josh Billings

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
– Josh Billings

I’ve never known a person to live to 110 or more, and then die, to be remarkable for anything else.
– Josh Billings

I don’t care how much a man talks, if he only says it in a few words.
– Josh Billings

I honestly believe it is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.
– Josh Billings

If a man is right, he can’t be too radical; if he is wrong, he can’t be too conservative.
– Josh Billings

If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
– Josh Billings

In youth we run into difficulties, in old age difficulties run into us.
– Josh Billings

Incredulity is the wisdom of the fool.
– Josh Billings

It’s not only the most difficult thing to know one’s self, but the most inconvenient.
– Josh Billings

It is a statistical fact that the wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous do to enter heaven.
– Josh Billings

It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.
– Josh Billings

It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those that we intend to commit.
– Josh Billings

It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge an elephant, but we can’t dodge a fly.
– Josh Billings

Keep a cow, and the milk won’t have to be watered but once.
– Josh Billings

Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves.
– Josh Billings

Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.
– Josh Billings

Life is like a mountain: after climbing up one side and sliding down the other, put up the sled.
– Josh Billings

Metaphysics is the science of proving what we don’t understand.
– Josh Billings

Most people repent their sins by thanking God they ain’t so wicked as their neighbors.
– Josh Billings

Nature never makes any blunders; when she makes a fool, she means it.
– Josh Billings

Occasions are rare; and those who know how to seize upon them are rarer.
– Josh Billings

Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
– Josh Billings

One of the best temporary cures for pride and affection is seasickness; a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.
– Josh Billings

Our necessities are few but our wants are endless.
– Josh Billings

Pity costs nothing, and it ain’t worth nothing.
– Josh Billings

Poverty is one of them kind of misfortunes that we all of us dread but none of us pity.
– Josh Billings

Poverty is the step-mother of genius.
– Josh Billings

Silence is a still noise.
– Josh Billings

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
– Josh Billings

The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
– Josh Billings

The less we know the more we suspect.
– Josh Billings

The man who ain’t got an enemy is really poor.
– Josh Billings

The miser and the glutton are two facetious buzzards: one hides his store, and the other stores his hide.
– Josh Billings

The more humble a man is before God, the more he will be exalted; the more humble he is before man, the more he will get rode roughshod.
– Josh Billings

The morning paper is just as necessary for an American as dew is to the grass.
– Josh Billings

The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.
– Josh Billings

The wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous to reach heaven.
– Josh Billings

There’s a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.
– Josh Billings

There are people so addicted to exaggeration they can’t tell the truth without lying.
– Josh Billings

There are very few good judges of humor, and they don’t agree.
– Josh Billings

There is a significant Latin proverb; to wit: Who will guard the guards?
– Josh Billings

There is a sort of charm in ugliness, if the person has some redeeming qualities and is only ugly enough.
– Josh Billings

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
– Josh Billings

There is two things in life for which we are never fully prepared, and that is—twins.
– Josh Billings

Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can’t suffer all the misery he wants in that time, he must be numb.
– Josh Billings

Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.
– Josh Billings

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
– Josh Billings

Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.
– Josh Billings

Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.
– Josh Billings

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