1878-1937, American Humorist, Journalist
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]
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]
A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
Don Marquis – [Pessimism]
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
Don Marquis – [Ideas]
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Don Marquis – [Ideas]
An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.
Don Marquis – [Optimism]
Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
Don Marquis – [Blood]
Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.
Don Marquis – [Bores and Boredom]
Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
Don Marquis – [Politicians and Politics]
Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint
Don Marquis – [Difficulties]
Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.
Don Marquis – [Fishing]
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
Don Marquis – [Happiness]
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]
Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.
Don Marquis – [Honesty]
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]
I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well.
Don Marquis – [Writers and Writing]
I would rather start a family than finish one.
Don Marquis – [Family]
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]
In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent.
Don Marquis – [Parents and Parenting]
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]