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39 Stephen Leacock Quotes Worth Knowing

Famous As: Canadian writer
Born On: December 30, 1869
Died On: March 28, 1944
Born In: Swanmore, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Died At Age: 74

Stephen Leacock was a Canadian write, political scientist, humorist, and teacher, renowned for his superlative comic skills. He was best known for his light humor supported by skepticism and criticism of people and their errors. Starting off from humble beginnings as a writer in magazines, he went on to publish novels which became popular worldwide. Famous comedians such as Jack Benny and Groucho Marx have acknowledged the role of Leacock as an inspiration for their works. His popular fictional and non-fictional works include Literary Lapses, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, Practical Political Economy and Humour and Humanity. Apart from these works, Leacock also published biographies of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour is presented to authors in Canada for outstanding achievements in this genre of writing. We have curated some of his notable quotes from his writings, observations, speeches, interviews etc. Let us go through some of the greatest quotes by Stephen Leacock.

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Advertising - A judicious mixture of flattery and threats.

Advertising - A judicious mixture of flattery and threats.

Stephen Leacock
Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.

Stephen Leacock
He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.

He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.

Stephen Leacock
I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it

Stephen Leacock
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.

Stephen Leacock
Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

Stephen Leacock
Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.

Stephen Leacock
In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies.

In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies.

Stephen Leacock
Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets.

Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets.

Stephen Leacock
I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Stephen Leacock
Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.

Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.

Stephen Leacock
Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.

Stephen Leacock
It is to be observed that 'angling' is the name given to fishing by people who can't fish.

It is to be observed that 'angling' is the name given to fishing by people who can't fish.

Stephen Leacock
A sportsman is a man who every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something.

A sportsman is a man who every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something.

Stephen Leacock
It may be those who do most, dream most.

It may be those who do most, dream most.

Stephen Leacock
It's called political economy because it is has nothing to do with either politics or economy.

It's called political economy because it is has nothing to do with either politics or economy.

Stephen Leacock
Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.

Stephen Leacock
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself--it is the occurring which is difficult.

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself--it is the occurring which is difficult.

Stephen Leacock
What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.

What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.

Stephen Leacock
There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike - information and wit.

There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike - information and wit.

Stephen Leacock
I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.

I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.

Stephen Leacock
The Lord said 'let there be wheat' and Saskatchewan was born.

The Lord said 'let there be wheat' and Saskatchewan was born.

Stephen Leacock
The landlady of a boarding-house is a parallelogram - that is, an oblong angular figure, which cannot be described, but which is equal to anything.

The landlady of a boarding-house is a parallelogram - that is, an oblong angular figure, which cannot be described, but which is equal to anything.

Stephen Leacock
A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to go out and kill something.

A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to go out and kill something.

Stephen Leacock
If their occupation is actual work they prefer to pump water into cisterns,
two of which leak through holes in the bottom and one of
which is water-tight. A, of course, has the good one;

If their occupation is actual work they prefer to pump water into cisterns, two of which leak through holes in the bottom and one of which is water-tight. A, of course, has the good one;

Stephen Leacock
A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.

A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.

Stephen Leacock
If every day in the life of a school could be the last day but one, there would be little fault to find with it.

If every day in the life of a school could be the last day but one, there would be little fault to find with it.

Stephen Leacock
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

Stephen Leacock
Concealed from view a face so face-like in its appearance as to be positively facial.

Concealed from view a face so face-like in its appearance as to be positively facial.

Stephen Leacock
A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something.

A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something.

Stephen Leacock
Many a man inlove with a dimple makes the mistake of marring the whole Girl

Many a man inlove with a dimple makes the mistake of marring the whole Girl

Stephen Leacock
It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.

It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.

Stephen Leacock
Golf may be played on Sunday, not being a game within the view of the law, but being a form of moral effort.

Golf may be played on Sunday, not being a game within the view of the law, but being a form of moral effort.

Stephen Leacock
We think of the noble object for which the professor appears tonight, we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one who will laugh at the professor.

We think of the noble object for which the professor appears tonight, we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one who will laugh at the professor.

Stephen Leacock
On the same bill and on the same side of it there should not be two charges for the same thing.

On the same bill and on the same side of it there should not be two charges for the same thing.

Stephen Leacock
It's a lie, but Heaven will forgive you for it.

It's a lie, but Heaven will forgive you for it.

Stephen Leacock
Electricity is of two kinds, positive and negative. The difference is, I presume, that one comes a little more expensive, but is more durable; the other is a cheaper thing, but the moths get into it.

Electricity is of two kinds, positive and negative. The difference is, I presume, that one comes a little more expensive, but is more durable; the other is a cheaper thing, but the moths get into it.

Stephen Leacock
Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing, except Wales, which doesn't.

Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing, except Wales, which doesn't.

Stephen Leacock
Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.

Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.

Stephen Leacock