Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)

While written many years ago these Josh Billings quotes still contain many inspirational words of wisdom that apply today. Josh Billings was born in Lanesboro, Mass, USA. His career started as a farmer, but he also worked as an explorer, coal miner, auctioneer and real estate dealer. In the mid 1800's he started to write humorous sketches and a down to earth philosophies. He soon became a popular lecturer. His writings reflected his philosophies and he linked them to everyday life in a humurous way. One of our favorite Josh Billings quotes is: "Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."

"Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done." ---Josh Billings

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius. ---Josh Billings

Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves. ---Josh Billings

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.---Josh Billings

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness. ---Josh Billings

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.---Josh Billings

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. ---Josh Billings