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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There is an hypocrisy in vice as well as religion.

To claim superiority is to attempt to pass another on the road, and compel him to take the dust.

Why does a Judge's charge have more influence than an Attorney's speech? Because he belongs to no side.

Your jokes hit, and hit pretty hard, too. They make a man think as well as laugh.

There is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion.

To handle a ship you must know all the ropes.

Wise men, like wine, are best when old; pretty women, like bread, are best when young.

There is no field for ambition, no room for the exercise of distinguished talent in the provinces.

To the Nova Scotian, the province is his native place, but North America is his country. The colony may become his home when the provinces become a nation. - It will then have a name, the inhabitants will become a people, and the people have a country and a home. Until that period it would seem as if they were merely comers and goers.

Wishes, like castles in the air, are inexpensive and not taxable.

The misfortun' is, we are all apt to think Scriptur' intended for our neighbors, and not for ourselves.

There is roguery in all trades but our own.

Vanity is not half a bad principle, if it will but stick to legitimate business.

Women forgive injuries, but never forget slights.

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.

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