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

Thomas
Haliburton, fully Thomas Chandler Haliburton, pseudonym "Sam Slick"
1796
1865

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

Author Quotes

This life ain't all beer and skittles.

When grasshoppers are so plenty as to make pastures poor, gobblers grow fat.

You can't get blood out of a stone, you know.

The sun never sets on it.

This place (that is, Nova Scotia) is as fertile as Illanoy or Ohio, as healthy as any part of the Globe, and right alongside of salt water; but the folks want three things, Industry, Enterprise, Economy.

When pleasure is the business of life it ceases to be pleasure.

You cant reform 'em, the only way is to chloriform them.

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.

Author Picture
First Name
Thomas
Last Name
Haliburton, fully Thomas Chandler Haliburton, pseudonym "Sam Slick"
Birth Date
1796
Death Date
1865
Bio

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