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 upper-crust folks.

This was my first lesson, that squeamishness and indelicacy are often found united; in short, that in manners, as in other things, extremes meet.

When the Spring comes, and the fields are dry enough to be sowed, they all have to be plowed, cause fall rains wash the lands too much for fall ploughin. Well the ploughs have to be mended and sharpened, cause what's the use of doin that afore its wanted.

You have to cant a little with the world, if you want even common civil usage.

Then look at the beeowells of the airth; only think of the coal; and it's no use a-talkin - that's the only coal to supply us that we can rely on. Why, there ain't nothin' like it. It extends all the way from Bay of Fundy

Thunderin' long words ain't wisdom.

Whenever you make an impression on a man stop; your reasonin' and details may ruin you.

You hear nothin' but politics, politics, politics, one everlastin' give, give, give.

There are stranger things in reality than can be found in romances.

To bung up a man's eyes ain't the way to enlighten him.

Where there is much strength, there ain't apt to be much gumption.

You may stop a man's mouth by a crammin' a book down his throat, but you won't convince him.

There is a private spring to everyone's affection; if you can find that, and touch it, the door will fly open, tho' it was a miser's heart.

To carry care to bed is to sleep with a pack on your back.

Who the devil cares for a monument that actually deserves one?

You must learn the American language, if you want to understand the American people.

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.

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