William Sydney Porter


William Sydney Porter Quotes

  • ''She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "A Ramble in Aphasia," Strictly Business (1910).
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  • ''If ever there was an aviary overstocked with jays it is that Yaptown-on-the-Hudson, called New York.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "A Tempered Wind," The Gentle Grafter (1908). O. Henry also referred to New York as "Baghdad-on-the-Subway" in various of his stories.
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  • ''A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "Makes the Whole World Kin," Sixes and Sevens (1911).
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  • ''If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog," The Four Million (1906).
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  • ''Turn up the lights; I don't want to go home in the dark.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. Quoted in O. Henry Biography, ch. 9, Charles Alphonso Smith (1916). Last words, quoting a 1907 song by Harry Williams.
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  • ''A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. Rolling Stones, "A Ruler of Men," (1913).
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  • ''Bohemia is nothing more than the little country in which you do not live. If you try to obtain citizenship in it, at once the court and retinue pack the royal archives and treasure and move away beyond the hills.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "The Country of Elusion," The Trimmed Lamp (1907).
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  • ''You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife till she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "The Fourth in Salvador," Roads of Destiny (1909). Pseudonym of William Sydney Porter.
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  • ''It was beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "The Octopus Marooned," The Gentle Grafter (1908).
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