61 Most Famous Ogden Nash Quotes
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Ogden Nash was a renowned American poet, acclaimed for his humor laced rhymes and poems. Nash made his name by keeping his love for rhyming alive. His alluring rhymes were loved by all and he was highly regarded in the literary world. Nash published his first collection of poems, ‘Hard Lines’ in 1931 and earned national recognition. Nash also made appearances on comedy and radio shows, and also served as a guest-lecturer at many prominent universities. As a writer, he is credited for being the lyricist of ‘One Touch of Venus’, a Broadway musical that was a great hit. Nash is praised for his poetic style, in which he added funky words and also misspelled words within the poem, in order to make it more humorous for the reader. Nash was a sports lover, and his poem, ‘Line-Up for Yesterday’, paid homage to his favorite baseball players. The specialty of this poem was the alphabetical order, the players’ names came in, and the way he depicted them. His thoughts and sayings became popular through his works & writings and are extensively quoted. Here is a collection of Ogden Nash sayings, thoughts and quotations.
Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it's midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year! Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for. A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up. You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. Some pains are physical, and some pains are mental, but the one that's both is dental. I have an idea that the phrase “weaker sex” was coined by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm. Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive. Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work. The door of a bigoted mind opens outwards so that the only result of the pressure of facts upon it is to close it more snugly. A jolly young fellow from Yuma
Told an elephant joke to a puma;
now his skeleton lies
beneath hot western skies-
the puma had no sense of huma Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you. Certainly there are things in life that money can’t buy, but it’s very funny –
Did you ever try buying them without money. There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore. Progress is a fine thing, but it's gone on long enough. Where there is a monster, there is a miracle. Either you get eaten by a wolf today or else the shepherd saves you from the wolf so he can sell you to the butcher tomorrow People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven’t what they want that they really don’t want it. The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk. When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.
~ Ogden Nash A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it. The trouble with a kitten is that it eventually becomes a cat. Snow is all right while it is snowing; it is like inebriation because it is very pleasing when it is coming, but very unpleasing when it is going. There’s nothing that keeps it’s youth
So far as I know, but a tree and the truth Elephants are useful friends: they have handles on both ends. Sure deck your lower limbs in pants; Yours are the limbs, my sweeting. You look divine as you advance– Have you seen yourself retreating? People can't concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces if their minds are poisoned by thoughts suitable to the twenty-fifth of December. If some confectioners were willing
To let the shape announce the filling,
We'd encounter fewer assorted chocs,
Bitten into and returned to the box. Man is a victim of dope
In the incurable form of hope! You can have my jellyfish
I am not sellyfish He who has never tasted jail Lives well within the legal pale, While he who's served a heavy sentence Renews the racket, not repentance. To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. Which the Chicken and Which the Egg?
He drinks because she scolds, he thinks;
She thinks she scolds because he drinks;
And nether will admit what's true,
That he's a sot and she's a shrew. At least when I get on the Boston train I have a good chance of landing in the South Station
And not in that part of the daily press which is reserved for victims of aviation. My fellow man I do not care for.
I often ask me, What's he there for?
The only answer i can find
Is, Reproduction of his kind. Senescence begins
And middle-age ends
The day your descendants
Outnumber your friends There are people who are very resourceful, at being remorseful,
And who apparently feel that the best way to make friends is to do something terrible and then make amends. People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up. Do you think my mind is maturing late, or simply rotted early? To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up."
~Happy birthday Ogden Nash! (born 8.19.1902) Professional men, they have no cares;
Whatever happens, they get theirs. How easy for those who do not bulge
To not overindulge! Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them. Hark to the sky of a seagull!
He cries because he's not an eagle.
Oh, what if you were you silly he-gull?
What would you say to your she-gull?
Philo Vance / Needs a kick in the pance.
O, money, money, money, I'm not necessarily one of those who think thee holy,
But I often stop to wonder how thou canst go out so fast when thou comest in so slowly.
In the world of mules
There are no rules.
You can be young only once, but you can be immature forever.
It's my own dream, I dreamt it, I dreamt that my hair was kempt, then I dremat my true love unkempt it.
Were it not for frustration and humiliation
I suppose the human race would get ideas above its station. My garden will never make me famous. I'm a horticultural ignoramus. I can't tell a string-bean from a soybean, or even a girl bean from a boy bean