E. W. Howe

(Edgar Watson Howe)

Quote Topics Cited
A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. Miscellaneous
A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is always a type of man who says he loves his fellow men, and expects to make a living at it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around. War & Peace
A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion or his country. Religion & God
A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
A thief believes everybody steals.
A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast.
A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.
A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact.
All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into. Life
Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.
Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone.
Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for better.
Everyone suffers wrongs for which there is no remedy.
Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.
Farmers only worry during the growing season, but townspeople worry all the time. Time
Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.
For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they have a hundred when alone.
Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
If a man has money, it is usually a sign, too, that he knows how to take care of it; don't imagine his money is easy to get simply because he has plenty of it. Money, Coins & Minting
If a woman doesn't chase a man a little, she doesn't love him. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. Time
If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old.
If your faith is opposed to experience, to human learning and investigation, it is not worth the breath used in giving it expression. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Religion & God
Instead of loving your enemies - treat your friends a little better. Friendship
It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of algebra and geometry.
It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it. Friendship
Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk.
Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising. Families, Children & Parenting
Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs. Women
Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom; wait until they have been married longer.
No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next.
No woman ever falls in love with a man unless she has a better opinion of him than he deserves. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself. Respect
People are always neglecting something they can do in trying to do something they can't do.
Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them. Death
Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.
The average man's judgment is so poor, he runs a risk every time he uses it. Time
The feeling of sleepiness when you are not in bed, and can't get there, is the meanest feeling in the world.
The greatest humiliation in life, is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation, and then fail to get it. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.
The modest person is usually admired, if people ever hear of them.
The most destructive criticism is indifference.
The only way to amuse some people is to slip and fall on an icy pavement.
The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in.
The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing - but we all do and call it Hope. Hope
There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep.
To be an ideal guest, stay at home. New Years
Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it. Women
What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. Friendship
When a man has no reason to trust himself, he trusts in luck. Trust
When a man is trying to sell you something, don't imagine that he is polite all the time. Time
When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time. Life ;Time
When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have. Music, Chants & Rapps
When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars.
You needn't love your enemy, but if you refrain from telling lies about him, you are doing well enough. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex