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Golf is a good walk spoiled.

 Unsourced. Commonly mis-attributed to
Mark Twain, William Gladstone, the Allens, or Harry Leon Wilson. Read about it here.



Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), Merle Johnson’s More Maxims of Mark (1927)

Note: This quote is commonly attributed to Mr. Twain, and Johnson’s reference (above) is the earliest record of this quote; that being said, there is no record of the exact quote in any of Twain’s published writings (via quoteinvestigator).



I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

Elayne Boosler, unsourced



The statistics on insanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s got to be you.

Rita Mae Brown (disputed)

Note: Many sources attribute this quote to Brown without giving a specific reference to her writings. According to Wikiquote, the earliest example is from Musgrave Landing: Musings on the Writing Life by Susan Musgrave (p. 47), which Musgrave quotes as “Rita Mae Brown’s warning.” Musgrave Landing was published in 1994



There are two sorts of girls. The one who feels mournful that all eyes are on her. And the one who is happily convinced that they are.


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Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.

Robert Benchley, as quoted in With Truth as Our Sword by C. E. Sylvester (2005)



Words convey the mental treasures of one period to the generations that follow; and laden with this, their precious freight, they sail safely across gulfs of time in which empires have suffered shipwreck and the languages of common life have sunk into oblivion.

Anonymous, quoted in: Richard Chevenix Trench, On the Study of Words, Lecture 1 (1858)



A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

English proverb (unsourced, undated)



The palest ink is better than the best memory.

Chinese proverb (unsourced, undated)



The gods we worship write their names on our faces, be sure of that. And we will worship something—have no doubt of that either. We may think that our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of the heart—but that will out. That which dominates our imagination and our thoughts will determine our life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we are worshiping, for what we are worshiping we are becoming.

Author Unknown, unsourced

N.B.: This quote is generally attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I did a fair amount of research and could not find it in any of his writings.



We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

Frank Tibolt, unsourced

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