23 Priceless Don Marquis Quotes

Don Marquis was a humorist, journalist, and author. Marquis wrote more than 35 books and co-wrote a series of films. Here is a look at some of the most notable Don Marquis quotes.

“A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimist.”

“An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it.”

“An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.”

“Fishing: a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.”

“I look back on my life and it seems to me to be just one damned kitten after another.”

“I never think at all when I write nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.”


“Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.”

“If a child shows himself to be incorrigible, he should be decently and quietly beheaded at the age of twelve, lest he grow to maturity, marry, and perpetuate his kind.”

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; But if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.”

“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.”

“In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child’s parent or grandparent.”

“It is better to be a part of beauty for one instant and then cease to exist than to exist forever and never be a part of beauty.”

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

“Nearly every night before I go to bed I ask myself, “Have I vibrated in tune with the Infinite today, or have I failed?”

“Not every woman in old slippers can manage to look like Cinderella.”

“Our is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.”

“Personally my ambition is to get my time as a cockroach shortened for good behavior and be promoted to a revenue officer it is not much of a step up but I am humble.”

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

“Publishing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.”

“The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race. ”

“The female of all species are most dangerous when they appear to retreat.”

“Vibrations are the key to everything. Atoms used to be, but atoms have quite gone out.”

“When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?”

Here is a look at the argument for Don Marquis on the moral impermissibility of abortion.

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