Don Marquis, American Poet ( July 29, 1878 - December 29, 1937 )

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

Funny Art Procrastination

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

Business Gun Ideas

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

Funny Listen Pessimist

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

Earth Pity Inherit

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

Rose Poetry Waiting

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

Progress Human Race

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

Teach Never Anything

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

Child Influence Parent

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

Hypocrite Person Who

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

Best Age Fun

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

Rose Poetry Waiting

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

Family Finish Start

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

Happiness Unhappiness

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

People Takes Make

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

Writing Reading Rich

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

Work Hard Work Man

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

Business Always Cardinal

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

You Politician Idea

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

Beer Want You

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

Time Man Worth

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

World People Busy

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

Funny Cloud Difficult

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

Age Live Long

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

Funny People Believe

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

Fishing Clothes Old

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

Blood Too Much Tell