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He was Born April 21st, 1818. He didnt become Josh Billings til he was forty years old. Between then and his death in 1885, he produced a plethora of pithy aphorisms. Consider these:

Theres a great power in words, if you dont hitch too many of them together.

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.

As a general rule, if you want to get at the truth – hear both sides and believe neither.

Solitude: A good place to visit, but a poor place to stay.

As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.

When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him.

One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.

Keep a cow, and the milk wont have to be watered but once.

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am the most concerned of the first time.

The trouble with people is not that they dont know but that they know so much that aint so.

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

Confess your sins to the Lord, and you will be forgiven; confess them to men, and you will be laughed at.

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