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A collection of quotes and thoughts by George Horace Lorimer on procrastination, money, journalism, business, tact, youth, humor, writing and friendship.

57 Mind-Blowing Quotes By George Horace Lorimer

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One of the most distinguished names in the field of American journalism, George Horace Lorimer made his name as the editor of ‘The Saturday Evening Post’. During his tenure as an editor, there was an exponential rise in the circulation of the Post from few thousand to over a million. Lorimer is also remembered as a successful author of three books namely ‘Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son’, ‘Old Gorgon Graham’ and ‘The False Gods’. Many owe their success and prowess in writing due to the opportunities provided by Lorimer. The prime example of that would be Jack London. Let us go through some of the most popular quotes from this reputed editor and author, highlighting his thoughts and the importance of knowledge, wisdom, self-righteousness, determination, aspiration and motivation in life. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotations and thoughts by George Horace Lorimer which have been scanned from the vast sea of his work.

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.

- George Horace Lorimer

Never threaten, because a threat is a promise to pay that it isn't always convenient to meet, but if you don't make it good it hurts your credit. Save a threat till you're ready to act, and then you won't need it.

- George Horace Lorimer

When a fellow's got what he set out for in this world, he should go off into the woods for a few weeks now and then to make sure that he's still a man, and not a plug-hat and a frock-coat and a wad of bills.

- George Horace Lorimer

Books are all right, but dead men's brains are no good unless you mix a live one's with them.

- George Horace Lorimer

Procrastination is the longest word in the language, but there's only one letter between its ends when they occupy their proper places in the alphabet.

- George Horace Lorimer

A fellow and his business should be bosom friends in the office and sworn enemies out of it.

- George Horace Lorimer

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.

- Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, George Horace Lorimer

Clothes don't make the man, but they make all of him except his hands and face during business hours, and that's a pretty considerable area of the human animal.

- George Horace Lorimer

There are two unpardonable sins in this world -- success and failure.

- George Horace Lorimer

You've got to preach short sermons to catch sinners.

- George Horace Lorimer

A business man's conversation should be regulated by fewer and simpler rules than any other function of the human animal. They are: Have something to say. Say it. Stop talking.

- George Horace Lorimer

It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.

- George Horace Lorimer

Having money and buying things with money is a good thing. But also do not forget to check occasionally to lose if you do not buy anything with money or not

- George Horace Lorimer

I want to say right here that the easiest way in the world to make enemies is to hire friends.

- Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, George Horace Lorimer

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.

- George Horace Lorimer

Never ask a man what he knows, but what he can do.

- George Horace Lorimer

If there’s one piece of knowledge that is of less use to a fellow than knowing when he’s beat, it’s knowing when he’s done just enough work to keep from being fired.

- Letters From A Merchant To His Son: Letters From A Self-Made Merchant To His Son Classics, George Horace Lorimer

Some salesmen think that selling is like eating—to satisfy an existing appetite; but a good salesman is like a good cook—he can create an appetite when the buyer isn't hungry.

- Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, George Horace Lorimer

As the Christian's sorrows multiply, his patience grows, until, with sweet, unruffled quiet, he can confront the ills of life, and, though inwardly wincing, can calmly pursue his way to the restful grave, while his old, harsh voice is softly cadenced into sweetest melody, like the faint notes of an angel's whispered song. As patience deepens, charity and sympathy increase.

- George Horace Lorimer

Doing the same thing in the same way year after year is like eating a quail a day for thirty days. Along toward the middle of the month a fellow begins to long for a broiled crow or a slice of cold dog.

- George Horace Lorimer

The solution to our energy needs must go through a show of respect for nature, not, once again, a policy that does violence to our hills.

- George Horace Lorimer

Consider carefully before you say a hard word to a man, but never let a chance to say a good one go by. Praise judiciously bestowed is money invested.

- George Horace Lorimer

Some men are like oak leaves -- they don't know when they're dead, but still hang right on; and there are others who let go before anything has really touched them.

- George Horace Lorimer

Say less than the other fellow and listen more than you talk; for when a man's listening he isn't telling on himself and he's flattering the fellow who is.

- George Horace Lorimer

The world is full of bright men who know all the right things to say and who say them in the wrong place.

- George Horace Lorimer

A tactful man can pull the stinger from a bee without getting stung.

- George Horace Lorimer

Were we all one body, we should lose the tremendous stimulation that comes from the present arrangement, and I fear that our uniformity would become the uniformity of death and the tomb.

- George Horace Lorimer

Because a fellow has failed once or twice or a dozen times, you don't want to set him down as a failure till he's dead or loses his courage.

- George Horace Lorimer

Back of every noble life there are principles that have fashioned it.

- George Horace Lorimer

I ain't one of those who believe that a half knowledge of a subject is useless, but it has been my experience that when a fellow has that half knowledge he finds it's the other half which would really come in handy.

- George Horace Lorimer

What you know is a club for yourself, and what you don't know is a meat-ax for the other fellow.

- George Horace Lorimer

In all your dealings, remember that today is your opportunity; tomorrow some other fellow's.

- George Horace Lorimer

The aim of the college, for the individual student, is to eliminate the need in his life for the college; the task is to help him become a self-educating man.

- George Horace Lorimer

Colleges don't make fools, they only develop them.

- George Horace Lorimer

When a fortune comes without calling, it's apt to leave without asking.

- George Horace Lorimer

There’s no easier way to cure foolishness than to give a man leave to be foolish. And the only way to show a fellow that he’s chosen the wrong business is to let him try it.

- George Horace Lorimer

Appearances are deceitful, I know, but so long as they are, there's nothing like having them deceive for us instead of against us.

- George Horace Lorimer

I remember reading once that some fellows use language to conceal thought; but it's been my experience that a good many more use it instead of thought.

- George Horace Lorimer

When an office begins to look like a family tree, you'll find worms tucked away snug and cheerful in most of the apples.

- George Horace Lorimer

When the tongue lies, the eyes tell the truth.

- George Horace Lorimer

The more I deal in it, the surer I am that human nature is all of the same critter, but that there's a heap of choice in the cuts.

- George Horace Lorimer

A man's got to keep company a long time, and come early and stay late and sit close, before he can get a girl or a job worth having.

- George Horace Lorimer

When a man makes a specialty of knowing how some other fellow ought to spend his money, he usually thinks in millions and works for hundreds.

- George Horace Lorimer

The great secret of good management is to be more alert to prevent a man's going wrong than eager to punish him for it.

- George Horace Lorimer

It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things money can't buy.

- George Horace Lorimer

If there's anything worse than knowing too little, it's knowing too much. Education will broaden a narrow mind, but there's no known cure for a big head. The best you can hope is that it will swell up and bust.

- George Horace Lorimer

Every fellow is really two men -- what he is and what he might be; and you're never absolutely sure which you're going to bury till he's dead.

- George Horace Lorimer

But some people, and especially very young people, don’t think anything’s worth believing unless it’s hard to believe.

- Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, George Horace Lorimer

There’s no easier way to cure foolishness than to give a man leave to be foolish. And the only way to show a fellow that he’s chosen the wrong business is to let him try it.

- Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, George Horace Lorimer

Je dobr mať peniaze a veci, ktor si za peniaze kpite. Dobr je však občas skontrolovať, či ste nestratili veci, ktor sa za peniaze kpiť nedaj.

- George Horace Lorimer

If God allows us to remain Methodist, Baptist, or Episcopalian, it may be on account of the unconverted, that they may be without excuse; that every type of man may be confronted with a corresponding type of doctrine and of method. Surely there are means adapted to your state, and ministries fitted to your peculiar temperament.

- George Horace Lorimer

It's all right when you are calling on a girl or talking with friends after dinner to run a conversation like a Sunday-school excursion, with stops to pick flowers; but in the office your sentences should be the shortest distance possible between periods.

- George Horace Lorimer

Naturally, when a young fellow steps up into a big position, it breeds jealousy among those whom he's left behind and uneasiness among those to whom he's pulled himself up. Between them he's likely to be subjected to a lot of petty annoyances. But he's in the fix of a dog with fleas who's chasing a rabbit -- if he stops to snap at the tickling on his tail, he's going to lose his game dinner.

- George Horace Lorimer

When you make a mistake, don't make a second one -- keeping it to yourself. Own up. The time to sort out rotten eggs is at the nest. The deeper you hide them in the case the longer they stay in circulation, and the worse impression they make when they finally come to the breakfast table.

- George Horace Lorimer

Believe me, it is no time for words when the wounds are fresh and bleeding; no time for homilies when the lightning's shaft has smitten, and the man lies stunned and stricken. Then let the comforter be silent; let him sustain by his presence, not by his preaching; by his sympathetic silence, not by his speech.

- George Horace Lorimer

There's a vast difference between having a carload of miscellaneous facts sloshing around loose in your head and getting all mixed up in transit, and carrying the same assortment properly boxed and crated for convenient handling and immediate delivery.

- George Horace Lorimer

After forty years of close acquaintance with it, I've found that work is kind to its friends and harsh to its enemies. It pays the fellow who dislikes it his exact wages, and they're generally pretty small; but it gives the man who shines up to it all the money he wants and throws in a heap of fun and satisfaction for good measure.

- George Horace Lorimer