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Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are,
by Josh Billings

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are,
and doing things as they ought to be done.
- Josh Billings

Related topics: Wisdom

Love looks through a telescope;
envy, through a microscope.
- Josh Billings

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
- Josh Billings

Marrying for love may be a bit risky,
but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.
- Josh Billings

 

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and
nothing so hard to apply.
- Josh Billings

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch
too many of them together.
- Josh Billings

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There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence
than to be surprised at nothing.
- Josh Billings

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess,
and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
- Josh Billings

As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family,
she has a good right to them.
- Josh Billings

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so
much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
- Josh Billings

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
- Josh Billings

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries,
but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake,
on tiptoe.
- Josh Billings

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
- Josh Billings

I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you,
you should stay home and have a good cry.
- Josh Billings

Love is said to be blind, but I know some fellows in
love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I do.
- Josh Billings

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
- Josh Billings

Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something.
- Josh Billings

I have lived in this world just long enough to look
carefully the second time into things that I am most
certain of the first time.
- Josh Billings

Remember the poor, it costs nothing.
- Josh Billings

Words are often seen hunting for an idea,
but ideas are never seen hunting for words.
- Josh Billings

Man was created a little lower than the angels and
has bin getting a little lower ever since.
- Josh Billings

It is a very delicate job to forgive a man,
without lowering him in his own estimation,
and yours too.
- Josh Billings

Don't ever prophesy; for if you prophesy wrong,
nobody will forget it; and if you prophesy right,
nobody will remember it.
- Josh Billings

There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared:
twins.
- Josh Billings

If there was no faith there would be no living in this world.
We could not even eat hash with any safety.
- Josh Billings

Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined.
- Josh Billings

Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.
- Josh Billings

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it,
you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles,
safe on her own nose all the time.
- Josh Billings

It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
- Josh Billings

The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to
see whether it will bear.
- Josh Billings

I have never known a person to live to be one hundred
and be remarkable for anything else.
- Josh Billings

The trouble with people is not that they don't know
but that they know so much that ain't so.
- Josh Billings

The man whose only pleasure in life is making money,
weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm.
- Josh Billings

Men mourn for what they have lost; women for what they ain't got.
- Josh Billings

Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can't
suffer all the misery he wants in that time,
he must be numb.
- Josh Billings

No one can disgrace us but ourselves.
- Josh Billings

There are people who are always anticipating trouble,
and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that
never really happen to them.
- Josh Billings

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
- Josh Billings

Economy is a savings-bank, into which men drop pennies,
and get dollars in return.
- Josh Billings

I haven't got as much money as some folks,
but I've got as much impudence as any of them,
and that's the next thing to money.
- Josh Billings

Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
- Josh Billings

Every man has his follies - and often they are the
most interesting thing he has got.
- Josh Billings

Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven;
confess them to man and you will be laughed at.
- Josh Billings

Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare
the further we make it go.
- Josh Billings

Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
- Josh Billings

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
- Josh Billings

A good way I know to find happiness,
is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.
- Josh Billings

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe
training has on the pugilist:
it reduces him to his fighting weight.
- Josh Billings

Most people repent their sins by thanking God they
ain't so wicked as their neighbors.
- Josh Billings

Be kind to your mother-in-law, but pay for her board at some good hotel.
- Josh Billings

Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
- Josh Billings

One of rarest things that a man ever does is to do the best he can.
- Josh Billings

When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants,
and I give it to him.
- Josh Billings

About the only difference between the poor and the rich,
is this, the poor suffer misery, while the rich have to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

Knowledge is like money: the more he gets,
the more he craves.
- Josh Billings

Take all the fools out of this world and there wouldn't be any fun living in it,
or profit.
- Josh Billings

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
- Josh Billings

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
- Josh Billings

There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that
they can't tell the truth without lying.
- Josh Billings

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is
to let him have his own way.
- Josh Billings

Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over
and showing it principally in one place.
- Josh Billings

Most people when they come to you for advice,
come to have their own opinions strengthened,
not corrected.
- Josh Billings

The road to ruin is always in good repair,
and the travellers pay the expense of it.
- Josh Billings

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists
in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
- Josh Billings

It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed
than to repent of those that we intend to commit.
- Josh Billings

One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness;
a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.
- Josh Billings

The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank
the Lord that it ain't gout.
- Josh Billings

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone
is to beat him at politeness.
- Josh Billings

About the most originality that any writer can hope
to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
- Josh Billings


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