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

Reforms are not applicable to reformers, for those who liberate others must themselves be free.

The great secret of life is to hear lessons, and not to teach them.

Of all the seventeen senses, I like common sense about as well as any of 'em, arter all.

Rich gals and handsome gals are seldom good for nothin' else but their cash or their looks.

The great secret of life is to learn to earn one's bread.

One of the old philosophers says that it is the part of wisdom to sometimes seem a fool; but in our day there are too many ready-made ones to render this a desirable policy.

Sarve the public nine hundred and ninety-nine times, and the thousandth, if they don't agree with you, they desart and abuse you.

The greater the sinner the greater the saint.

Over-confidence is as evil as undue anxiety.

See what an empire is here, surely the best in climate, soil, mineral, and other productions in the world, and peopled by such a race, as no other country under heaven can produce. No, Sir, here are the bundle of sticks; all they want is to be united.

The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.

Patriotism is the trump card of a scoundrel.

Seein' is believin'.

The higher the polish the more indurated you will find the substance.

People have no right to make fools of themselves, unless they have no relations to blush for them.

Sleep on it.

The houses hope builds are castles in the air.

Poverty is keen enough, without sharpening its edge by poking fun at it.

Some people have a perfect genius for doing nothing, and doing it assiduously.

The mechanism of the human heart, when you thoroughly understand it, is, like all the other works of nature, very beautiful, very wonderful, but very simple. When it does not work well, the fault is not in the machinery, but in the management.

Power has a natural tendency to corpulency.

Stick-in-the-mud.

Praise to the face is open disgrace.

Support what is right, oppose what is wrong; what you think, speak; try to satisfy yourself, and not others; and if you are not popular, you will at least be respected; popularity lasts but a day, respect will descend as a heritage to your children.

Mules and human jackasses are proverbially stubborn.

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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