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Don Marquis Quotes

Let these quotes by Don Marquis help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking
that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
- Don Marquis

Related topics: Age

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues:
always insist on it in your subordinates.
- Don Marquis

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose
petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
- Don Marquis

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
- Don Marquis

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When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work,
ask him: 'Whose?'
- Don Marquis

I would rather start a family than finish one.
- Don Marquis

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
- Don Marquis

 

Age is not a particularly interesting subject.
Anyone can get old.
All you have to do is live long enough.
- Don Marquis

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?
- Don Marquis

The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it;
what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.
- Don Marquis

Successful people are the ones who think up things
for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
- Don Marquis

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
- Don Marquis

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.
- Don Marquis

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Don Marquis

Did you ever notice that when a politician does get
an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
- Don Marquis

In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person.
Yes, it is women who keep the church going.
- Don Marquis

There is luxury in self-reproach.
When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
- Don Marquis

Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.
- Don Marquis

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal
down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
- Don Marquis

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to
its possessor unless it is kept under control.
- Don Marquis

Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
- Don Marquis

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
- Don Marquis

Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.
- Don Marquis

Ours is a world where people don't know what they want
and are willing to go through hell to get it.
- Don Marquis

Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes
a little difficult to get it to the mint.
- Don Marquis

We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors,
and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
- Don Marquis

It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.
- Don Marquis

By the time a bartender knows what drink a man will have before he orders,
there is little else about him worth knowing.
- Don Marquis

Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and
denies you the beer to cry into.
- Don Marquis

A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to
which gang should mismanage the country.
- Don Marquis

If you want to get rich from writing,
write the sort of thing that's read by persons who
move their lips when they're reading to themselves.
- Don Marquis

Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
- Don Marquis

Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.
- Don Marquis

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
- Don Marquis

Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged
person has likely learned how to have a little fun
in spite of his troubles.
- Don Marquis

I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of
the descendants who boast of ancestors.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
- Don Marquis

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

Fate often puts all the material for happiness and
prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable
he can make himself with them.
- Don Marquis

In order to influence a child, one must be careful
not to be that child's parent or grandparent.
- Don Marquis

The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude
until it purrs like an epigram.
- Don Marquis

There is nothing so habit-forming as money.
- Don Marquis

Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
- Don Marquis

One of the most important things to remember about infant care is:
don't change diapers in midstream.
- Don Marquis

A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.
- Don Marquis

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

The youth gets together his materials
to build a bridge to the moon,
or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length, the middle-aged man
concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Love is what makes two people
sit in the middle of a park bench
when there is plenty of room at both ends.
- Anonymous

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
- E. Joseph Cossman

One of the greatest titles we can have is "old friend."
We never appreciate how important old friends are until we are older.
The problem is we need to start our old friendships when we are young.
We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age
when a busy life and changing geographies
can cause us to neglect those friends.
Today is the day to invest in those people
we hope will call us "old friend" in the years to come.
- Grant Fairley

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
- Doris Day

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts
catching up with Mother Nature.
- Harold Coffin

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
- Bob Hope

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
- Orson Welles

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.
Middle age is when you're forced to.
- Bill Vaughan

The really frightening thing about middle age is the
knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
- Doris Day

Don't worry about that chair with a hole in the middle.
It's merely waiting to be reupholstered.
- the movie Casino Royale (1966)

In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Middle age is when you've met so many people that every
new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
- Ogden Nash

Indeed, there are so many prejudices against everyday
middle-class values on college campuses,
and serving in the military and being pro-American
just seems to be one of them.
- Jack Kingston

Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class.
- John F. Kerry

We're involved right now in some very significant legal
battles and it would be the wrong thing for me to do
to step out in the middle of those battles.
- Bill Scott

As the middle begins to feel safe enough to accept
some of the so-called radical thinking,
ideas move to the middle and a new edge is created.
- Jasmine Guy

The U.S.
needs to control the Middle East, the gateway to Asia.
It already has military installations in Uzbekistan.
- Jose Saramago

Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions
of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.
- Theodore Bikel

No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still
spring up in the middle of nowhere.
- Sheryl Crow

You want a story? Read 'Gone With the Wind'.
These aren't stories.
They're joke books.
The whole thing of a beginning, a middle and an end has been done to death.
- Brian P. Cleary


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