Henry Wheeler Shaw

[Josh Billings]

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Josh Billings was the pen name of 19th century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (21 April 1818 – 14 October 1885). He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not endured so well with later generations.

Shaw was born in Lanesborough, Massachusetts on April ... more »

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  • ''It is a verry delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimashun, and yures too.''
    Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885), U.S. humorist. Josh Billings, His Sayings, ch. 39 (1865).
  • ''We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.''
    Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885), U.S. humorist. Josh Billings, His Sayings, ch. 28 (1865).
  • ''Sekts and creeds ov religion, are like pocket compesses, good enuff tu pinte out the direction, but the nearer the pole yu git the wuss tha wurk.''
    Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885), U.S. humorist. Josh Billings, His Sayings, ch. 39 (1865).
  • ''Mi advise tu them who are about tu begin, in arnest, the jurney ov life, is tu take their harte in one hand and a club in the other.''
    Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885), U.S. humorist. Josh Billings, His Sayings, ch. 71 (1865).
  • ''About the only difference between the poor and the ritch, is this, the poor suffer mizery, while the ritch hav tu enjoy it.''
    Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885), U.S. humorist. Josh Billings, His Sayings, ch. 71 (1865).
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