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Josh Billings
(21 Apr 1818 - 14 Oct 1885)

American humorist , which is the pen name of pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw. Through newspaper pieces, books, and comic lectures, he delivered his philosophical comments. His rustic aphorisms were written with misspellings, poor grammar, and questionable logic.

Science Quotes by Josh Billings (15 quotes)

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
— Josh Billings
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Common sense is the favorite daughter of Reason, and altho thare are menny other wimmin more attraktive for a time, thare is nothing but death kan rob common sense ov her buty.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 214.
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Common sense iz instinkt, and instinkt don’t make enny blunders mutch, no more than a rat duz, in coming out, or going intew a hole, he hits the hole the fust time, and just fills it.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 79.
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Common sense iz like biled vittles, it is good right from the pot, and it is good nex day warmed up.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 79.
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Common sense kan be improved upon by edukashun—genius kan be too, sum, but not much.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 79.
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Edukashun gauls genius like a bad setting harness.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 79.
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Everything on this earth iz bought and sold, except air and water, and they would be if a kind Creator had not made the supply too grate for the demand.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 277.
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Genius iz always in advance ov the times, and makes sum magnificent hits, but the world owes most ov its tributes to good hoss sense.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 79.
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Good hard-pan sense iz the thing that will wash well, wear well, iron out without wrinkling, and take starch without kracking.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 78.
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Good, old-fashioned common sense iz one ov the hardest things in the world to out-wit, out-argy, or beat in enny way, it iz az honest az a loaf ov good domestik bread, alwus in tune, either hot from the oven or 8 days old.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 78.
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If every man waz a genius, mankind would be az bad oph az the heavens would be, with every star a comet, things would git hurt badly, and noboddy tew blame.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 79.
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Menny people are limiting after uncommon sense, but they never find it a good deal; uncommon sense iz ov the nature of genius, and all genius iz the gift of God, and kant be had, like hens eggs, for the hunting.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 78.
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There is nothing that haz bin diskovered yet, that iz so skarse as good Hoss sense, about 28 hoss power.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 78.
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There iz this difference between genius and common sense in a fox: Common sense iz governed bi circumstances, but circumstances iz governed by genius.
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 116.
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Wit, without sense, iz like a razor without a handle
— Josh Billings
In The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), 219.
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