American author and journalist; b. 1842; d. 1913 · 29 aphorisms · no comments
Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist
Pray: To ask that the laws of the universe be nullified on behalf of a single petitioner, admittedly unworthy.
Prescription: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.
Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.
Vote: The instrument and symbol of a free man's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
Cannon: An instrument used in the rectification of national boundaries.
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the fool their lack of understanding.
Egoist: A person of low taste, more interested in themselves than in me.
Eulogy: Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
Hatred: A sentiment appropriate to the occasion of another's superiority.