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 :: 1878-1937, American Humorist, Journalist

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A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.
~ Don Marquis - [Dissatisfaction]

 

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a man thinks he amounts to a great deal but to a flea or a mosquito a human being is merely something good to eat
~ Don Marquis - [Insects]

 

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

 

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

 

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
~ Don Marquis - [Ideas]

 

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An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.
~ Don Marquis - [Optimism]

 

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

 

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Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.
~ Don Marquis - [Bores and Boredom]

 

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Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
~ Don Marquis - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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He worked like hell in the country so he could live in the city, where he worked like hell so he could live in the country.
~ Don Marquis - [Work]

 

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

 

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I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it's a paragraph in my column.
~ Don Marquis - [Journalism and Journalists]

 

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I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well.
~ Don Marquis - [Writers and Writing]

 

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I would rather start a family than finish one.
~ Don Marquis - [Family]

 

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If you make people think they're thinking they'll love you: but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
~ Don Marquis - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent.
~ Don Marquis - [Parents and Parenting]

 

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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 - [Age and Aging]

 

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