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"When men are not regretting that life is so short,
they are doing something to kill time." - Edgar Watson Howe
Born in 1853 in Wabash County, Indiana, Howe acquired much of his
education while working as a printer, before eventually becoming a journalist.
He became known as a coiner of commonsense but somewhat bitter aphorisms, which
may have been due in part to his unhappy domestic life - he married in 1873 but
was apparently 'wretchedly unhappy' and divorced in 1901 never to marry again.
From 1877-1911 he was both editor and proprietor of the Atchison Daily Globe
(Kansas). Then from 1911 to 1937 he edited E.W. Howe's Monthly,
which contained many of his observations - which were collected in a number of
contemporary books of aphorisms.
His first and best known novel, The Story of a Country Town, was
published in 1883. It received praise from prominent contemporaries such
as Mark Twain; but after this he turned his hand to writing romances which were
less well received. He died in 1937.
More from Edgar Watson Howe
A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice
A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion
or his country.
A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast.
Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he
could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for
For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they
have a hundred when alone.
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything
The most destructive criticism is indifference.
The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the
upper dog deserves to win.
The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes
over a man occasionally when he is at home.
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