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Stephen Leacock

Data de nascimento: 30. Dezembro 1869
Data de falecimento: 28. Março 1944

Stephen Butler Leacock foi um escritor e economista anglo-canadense.

Citações Stephen Leacock


„Há homens que se apaixonam pela covinha de um sorriso e se casam com a mulher inteira.“

„Detesto vendedores de seguros. Eles sempre argumentam que um dia eu vou morrer.“


„Nós a chamamos de economia política porque não é nem economia, nem política.“

„A publicidade pode ser descrita como a ciência de prender a inteligência humana o tempo suficiente para obter dinheiro com ela.“

„Advertising - A judicious mixture of flattery and threats.“

„He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.“

„I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it“

„Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.“


„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.“

„The writing of solid, instructive stuff fortified by facts and figures is easy enough. There is no trouble in writing a scientific treatise on the folk-lore of Central China, or a statistical enquiry into the declining population of Prince Edward Island. But to write something out of one's own mind, worth reading for its own sake, is an arduous contrivance only to be achieved in fortunate moments, few and far in between. Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.“ Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

„I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.“

„A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to go out and kill something.“


„A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.“

„concealed from view a face so face-like in its appearance as to be positively facial.“ Nonsense Novels

„Many a man inlove with a dimple makes the mistake of marring the whole Girl“

„Suppose a would-be writer can't begin? I really believe there are many excellent writers who have never written because they never could begin. This is especially the case of people of great sensitiveness, or of people of advanced education. Professors suffer most of all from this inhibition. Many of them carry their unwritten books to the grave. They overestimate the magnitude of the task, they overestimate the greatness of the final result. A child in a prep school will write the History of Greece and fetch it home finished after school. "He wrote a fine History of Greece the other day," says his fond father. Thirty years later the child, grown to be a professor, dreams of writing the History of Greece -- the whole of it from the first Ionic invasion of the Aegean to the downfall of Alexandria. But he dreams. He never starts. He can't. It's too big. Anybody who has lived around a college knows the pathos of those unwritten books.“ How to Write

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