Quotes by 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
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
– Josh Billings
A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.
– Josh Billings
A puppy plays with every pup he meets, but an old dog has few associates.
– Josh Billings
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
– 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
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
– Josh Billings
Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
– Josh Billings
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
– Josh Billings
Be kind to your mother-in-law, but pay for her board at some good hotel.
– Josh Billings
Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
– Josh Billings
Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
– Josh Billings
Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
– 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
Don't ever prophesy; for if you prophesy wrong, nobody will forget it; and if you prophesy right, nobody will remember it.
– Josh Billings
Economy is a savings-bank, into which men drop pennies, and get dollars in return.
– Josh Billings
Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
– 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
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
I have never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else.
– Josh Billings