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Quotes of the day: Ernest Bramah
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Published Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 3:59 PM EDT
Mar 19 2015

Ernest Bramah (March 20, 1868 – June 27, 1942), born Ernest Brammah Smith, was an English author of 21 books and numerous short stories and features. His humorous works were ranked with Jerome K Jerome, and W.W. Jacobs; his detective stories with Conan Doyle; his politico-science fiction with H.G. Wells; and his supernatural stories with Algernon Blackwood. George Orwell acknowledged that Bramah's book What Might Have Been influenced his Nineteen Eighty-Four. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A reputation for a thousand years may depend upon the conduct of a single moment.

Although there exist many thousand subjects for elegant conversation, there are persons who cannot meet a cripple without talking about feet.

Do not adjust your sandals while passing through a melon-field, nor yet arrange your hat beneath an orange-tree.

Eat in the dark the bargain that you purchased in the dusk.

He who has failed three times sets up as an instructor.

However deep you dig a well it affords no refuge in the time of flood.

It is proverbial that from a hungry tiger and an affectionate woman there is no escape.

One learns to itch where one can scratch.

One may ride upon a tiger's back but it is fatal to dismount.

The one-legged never stumble.

The road to eminence lies through the cheap and exceedingly uninviting eating-houses.

The wiser the sage, the more profound the folly.

There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice upon a dark night.

When an alluring woman comes in at the door, discretion may be found up the chimney.

When struck by a thunderbolt it is unnecessary to consult the Book of Dates as to the precise meaning of the omen.

Where the road bends abruptly, take short steps.

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(March 20 is also the birthday of Henrik Ibsen and Ovid.)


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