Thomas Haliburton, fully Thomas Chandler Haliburton, pseudonym "Sam Slick"

Haliburton, fully Thomas Chandler Haliburton, pseudonym "Sam Slick"

Canadian Politician, Judge and Author known for his humorist sketches and essays

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The moment a feller has a woman's secret he is that woman's master.

There is the kiss of welcome and of parting; the long, lingering, loving, present one; the stolen, or the mutual one; the kiss of love, of joy, and of sorrow; the seal of promise, and the receipt of fulfilment. Is it strange, therefore, that a woman is invincible, whose armory consists of kisses, smiles, and tears?

Vice makes virtue look well to its anchors.

Women will sometimes confess their sins, but I never knew one to confess her faults.

The moment a man takes to a pipe he becomes a philosopher; - it's the poor man's friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under trouble.

There's many a mistake made on purpose.

Vulgarity is always showy.

Women, in a general way, don't look like the same critters when they are spliced, that they do before; matrimony, like sugar and water, has a natural affinity for, and tendency to acidity.

The ocean's surfy, slow, deep, mellow voice, full of mystery and awe, moaning over the dead it holds in its bosom, or lulling them to unbroken slumbers in the chambers of its vasty depths.

There's no tyranny on airth equal to the tyranny of a majority.

We can do without any article of luxury we have never had; but when once obtained, it is not in human natur to surrender it voluntarily.

Wounded pride should be touched lightly. The skin is thin and plagy sensative.

The only way to reform some people is to chloroform them

There's nothin' like leavin' all's well alone.

We have an old sayin - Only what I drink is mine'. Canadian humorist, 1853, Sam Slick's Wise Saws, Chapter 23

Write the word down, for partitions have ears.

The poor are everywhere more liberal, more obligin' and more hospitable, according to their means, than the rich are.

They are always in love or in liquor, or else in a row; they are the merriest shavers I ever seed.

We reckon hours and minutes to be dollars and cents.

Writin' only aggravates your opponents, and never convinces them.

The silent pig is the best feeder, but it remains a pig still, and hastens its death by growing too fat.

They have the ten commandments at their fingers' end.

What we hear with pleasure we afterward read with diminished satisfaction.

You are as sharp as a needle.

The sun has scarcely set behind the dark, wavy outline of the western hills, ere the Aurora Borealis mimics its setting beams, and revels with wild delight in the heavens, which it claims as its own, now ascending with meteor speed to the zenith, - then dissolving into a thousand rays of variegated light, that vie with each other which shall first reach the horizon; now flashing bright, brilliant and glowing, as emanations of the sun, then slowly retreating from view pale and silvery white. - Canadian humorist, 1849 Old Judge

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Canadian Politician, Judge and Author known for his humorist sketches and essays