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Stephen Leacock Quotes and Quotations


When actors begin to think, it is time for a change. They are not fitted for it.
- Stephen Leacock | Acting and the Theatre Quotes
Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
- Stephen Leacock | Advertising Quotes
The sorrows and disasters of Europe always brought fortune to America.
- Stephen Leacock | America and Americans Quotes
The Lord said 'let there be wheat' and Saskatchewan was born.
- Stephen Leacock | Canada and Canadians Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Chance and Fortune Quotes
Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.
The British are terribly lazy about fighting. They like to get it over and done with and then set up a game of cricket.
- Stephen Leacock | England and the U.K. Quotes
I never realized that there was history, close at hand, beside my very own home. I did not realize that the old grave that stood among the brambles at the foot of our farm was history.
- Stephen Leacock | History and Historians Quotes
The best definition of humour I know is: humour may be defined as the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life, and the artistic expression thereof. I think this is the best I know because I wrote it myself.
- Stephen Leacock | Humour and Humorists Quotes
You encourage a comic man too much, and he gets silly.
- Stephen Leacock | Humour and Humorists Quotes
Any man will admit if need be that his sight is not good, or that he cannot swim or shoots badly with a rifle, but to touch upon his sense of humour is to give him mortal affront.
- Stephen Leacock | Humour and Humorists Quotes
Charles Dickens' creation of Mr. Pickwick did more for the elevation of the human race - I say it in all seriousness - than Cardinal Newman's Lead Kindly Light Amid the Encircling Gloom. Newman only cried out for light in the gloom of a sad world. Dickens gave it.
- Stephen Leacock | Humour and Humorists Quotes
Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
- Stephen Leacock | Life Quotes
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
- Stephen Leacock | Literature Quotes
Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.
- Stephen Leacock | Love Quotes
A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.
- Stephen Leacock | Proof and Certainty Quotes
A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something. Not that he's cruel. He wouldn't hurt a fly. It's not big enough.
- Stephen Leacock | Sport Quotes
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 | Writers and Writing Quotes
In Canada we have enough to do keeping up with two spoken languages ... so we just go right ahead and use English for literature, Scotch for sermons, and American for conversation.
- Stephen Leacock | Canada Quotes
Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
- Stephen Leacock | One Day Quotes
It may be that those who do most, dream most.
- Stephen Leacock | Visualization Quotes
Many a man in love with a dimple makes a mistake of marrying the whole girl.
- Stephen Leacock | Passion Quotes
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
- Stephen Leacock | Literature Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes
I'm a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Stephen Leacock | Great Quotes


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