68 Notable Quotes By Edgar Watson Howe
Edgar Watson Howe was a prolific American novelist, magazine and newspaper editor. Also renowned as E.W Howe, he was well travelled and was best-known for his witty editorials. His most famous work is considered to be ‘E.W Howe’s Monthly’. Some of his notable works, novels and short stories include, ‘When A Woman Enjoys Herself And Other Tales Of A Small Town, ‘A Story Of A Country Town’, ‘A Moonlight Boy’, ‘The Trip To The West Indies’, ‘Plain People’, ‘The Confessions of John Whitlock’ and various others. We have rounded up the popular, inspiring, famous and widely quoted quotes and sayings by Edgar Watson Howe which have been excerpted from his writings, short stories, novels, articles, editorials, thoughts, work and life. Zoom through the notable quotations and thoughts by Edgar Watson Howe on war, finding, everything, indifference, always, secrets, advice, respect, desire, people, business, children, fight, marriage, morality, ancestors, forgive, religion, learning, faith and experience.
When I get hold of a book I particularly admire, I am so enthusiastic that I loan it to someone who never brings it back. The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep The only way to amuse some people is to slip and fall on an icy pavement. A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man. A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion or his country. A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him. If your faith is opposed to experience, to human learning and investigation, it is not worth the breath used in giving it expression. There is always a type of man who says he loves his fellow men, and expects to make a living at it. All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into. Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies. When a man is trying to sell you something, don't imagine that he is polite all the time. Farmers only worry during the growing season, but townspeople worry all the time. For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they have a hundred when alone. Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it. Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism. Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone. Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other. What people say behind your back is your standing in the community. No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next. Everyone suffers wrongs for which there is no remedy. When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars. When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time. The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home. It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it. The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it. When a man has no reason to trust himself, he trusts in luck. Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs. If a woman doesn't chase a man a little, she doesn't love him. The average man's judgment is so poor, he runs a risk every time he uses it. A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person. Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising. If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast. The feeling of sleepiness when you are not in bed, and can't get there, is the meanest feeling in the world. Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them. People are always neglecting something they can do in trying to do something they can't do. If a man has money, it is usually a sign, too, that he knows how to take care of it; don't imagine his money is easy to get simply because he has plenty of it. You needn't love your enemy, but if you refrain from telling lies about him, you are doing well enough. The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship. No woman ever falls in love with a man unless she has a better opinion of him than he deserves. If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old. The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win. Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time. Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on. Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk. Instead of loving your enemies - treat your friends a little better. The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in. Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up. When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. The modest person is usually admired, if people ever hear of them. The most destructive criticism is indifference. None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married. Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist. To be an ideal guest, stay at home. One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself. A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep. Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing. There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing - but we all do and call it Hope. There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep. A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around. It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of algebra and geometry.
When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.
A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact.
Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for better.
The greatest humiliation in life, is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation, and then fail to get it.
Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom; wait until they have been married longer. If your faith is opposed to experience, to human learning and investigation, it is not worth the breath used to give it expression.