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Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.
—  Josh Billings
The best way to convince a fool he is wrong is to let him have his way.
—  Josh Billings
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
—  Josh Billings
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
—  Josh Billings
Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
—  Josh Billings
Always live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so.
—  Josh Billings
Solitude: A good place to visit, but a poor place to stay.
—  Josh Billings
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
—  Josh Billings
Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
—  Josh Billings
There are only two qualities in the world: efficiency and inefficiency; and only two sorts of people: the efficient and the inefficient.
—  Josh Billings
There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
—  Josh Billings
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
—  Josh Billings
Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
—  Josh Billings
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
—  Josh Billings
One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.
—  Josh Billings
Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.
—  Josh Billings
There is one kind of laugh that I always did recommend; it looks out of the eye first with a merry twinkle, then it creeps down on its hands and knees and plays around the mouth like a pretty moth around the blaze of a candle, then it steals over into the dimples of the cheeks and rides around in those whirlpools for a while, then it lights up the whole face like the mellow bloom on a damask rose, then it swims up on the air, with a peal as clear and as happy as a dinner-bell, then it goes back again on gold tiptoes like an angel out for an airing, and it lies down on its little bed of violets in the heart where it came from.
—  Josh Billings
It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.
—  Josh Billings
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
—  Josh Billings
The hardest thing any man can do is to fall down on the ice when it's slippery, and get up and praise the Lord.
—  Josh Billings
If it wasn't for faith there would be no living in this world; we couldn't even eat hash with any safety.
—  Josh Billings
One of the rarest things that a man ever does is to do the best he can.
—  Josh Billings
Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
—  Josh Billings
The worst sin towards our fellow creature is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
—  Josh Billings
I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am the most certain of the first time.
—  Josh Billings
The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so.
—  Josh Billings
The time to pray is not when we are in a tight spot but just as soon as we get out of it.
—  Josh Billings
It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
—  Josh Billings

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