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Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

Quotations

  • ''I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. "A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes," I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
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  • ''One man's remorse is another man's reminiscence.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
  • ''Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. "A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes," I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
  • ''A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. A Dog's Best Friend Is his Illiteracy, The Private Dining Room (1953).
  • ''I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. Everybody Tells Me Everything, The Face Is Familiar (1940).
  • ''Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn't it, of a long line of proven criminals?''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. Good-by, Old Year, You Oaf or Why Don't They Pay the Bonus? The Primrose Path (1935).
  • ''Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. . . .''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. "Let's Not Climb the Washington Monument Tonight," Versus (1949).
  • ''The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. The Anatomy of Happiness, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).

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À Bas Ben Adhem

My fellow man I do not care for.
I often ask me, What's he there for?
The only answer I can find
Is, Reproduction of his kind.
If I'm supposed to swallow that,
Winnetka is my habitat.
Isn't it time to carve Hic Jacet
Above that Reproduction racket?

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