Douglas William Jerrold

Douglas William

English Playwright, Editor, Humorist

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Conscience, though ever so small a worm while we live, grows suddenly into a serpent on our deathbed.

He was so good he would pour rose-water on a toad.

Keep your eyes and ears open, if you desire to get on in the world.

O friendship! thou divinest alchemist, that man should ever profane thee!

The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.

Tut! the best thing I know between France and England is the sea.

A blessed companion is a book,-a book that fitly chosen is a life-long friend.

Dogmation is puppyism come to its full growth.

Honest bread is very well--it's the butter that makes the temptation.

Love the sea? I dote upon it--from the beach.

O this itch of the ear, that breaks out at the tongue! Were not curiosity so over-busy, detraction would soon be starved to death.

The blackest of fluid is used as an agent to enlighten the world.

Virtue is a beautiful thing in woman when they don't go about with it like a child with a drum making all sorts of noise with it.

A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon, out of respect for that "ancient institution," the old one.

Dress it as we may, feather it, daub it with gold, huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it, what is war, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform?

How beautiful can time with goodness make an old man look.

Love's like the flies, and, drawing-room or garret, goes all over a house.

O, glorious laughter! thou man-loving spirit, that for a time doth take the burden from the weary back, that doth lay salve to the weary feet, bruised and cut by flints and shards.

The character that needs law to mend it, is hardly worth the tinkering.

We are all slaves to the shining metal.

A coquette is like a recruiting sergeant, always on the lookout for fresh victims.

Duty, though set about by thorns, may still be made a staff supporting even while it tortures. Cast it away, and, like the prophet's wand, it changes to a snake.

Humor is the harmony of the heart.

Love's like the measles--all the worse when it comes late in life.

Patience is the strongest of strong drinks; for it kills the giant despair.

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English Playwright, Editor, Humorist