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Josh Billings

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Humorist and lecturer Josh Billings

Born

April 21, 1818
Lanesborough, Massachusetts, US

Died

October 14, 1885
Monterey, California, US

Occupation

Writer

Spouse

Zipha E.Shaw

Children

Grace Anna Shaw Duff, Kate Alice Shaw Santana

Parent

Henry Shaw, Laura Wheeler Shaw

Josh Billings was the pen name of 19th-century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw . He was a famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States during the latter half of the 19th century. He is often compared to Mark Twain.

Shaw was born in Lanesborough, Massachusetts on April 21, 1818. His father was Henry Shaw, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1817–21, and his grandfather Samuel Shaw who also served in the U.S. Congress from 1808–1813. His uncle was John Savage, yet another Congressman.

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I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry. - Josh Billings

I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.

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The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust. - Josh Billings

The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.

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The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way. - Josh Billings

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

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One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs. - Josh Billings

One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.

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The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord that it ain't gout. - Josh Billings

The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord that it ain't gout.

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One of the rarest things that a man ever does, is to do the best he can. - Josh Billings

One of the rarest things that a man ever does, is to do the best he can.

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There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't. - Josh Billings

There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.

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There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply. - Josh Billings

There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.

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If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety. - Josh Billings

If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety.

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As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family, she has a good right to them. - Josh Billings

As a general thing, when a woman wears the pants in a family, she has a good right to them.

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The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear. - Josh Billings

The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.

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There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it. - Josh Billings

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.

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

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

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There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.

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Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got. - Josh Billings

Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.

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Flattery is like cologne; water, to be smelt, not swallowed. - Josh Billings

Flattery is like cologne; water, to be smelt, not swallowed.

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