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Quotes of the day: Ernest Bramah

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)


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.


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

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