Stephen Butler Leacock Quotes

Presently I shall be introduced as ‘this venerable old gentleman’ and the axe will fall when they raise me to the degree of ‘grand old man’. That means on our continent any one with snow-white hair who has kept out of jail till eighty.

But the deep background that lies behind and beyond what we call humor is revealed only to the few who, by instinct or by effort, have given thought to it. The world’s humor, in its best and greatest sense, is perhaps the highest product of our civilization. Its basis lies in the deeper contrasts offered […]

Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.

Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.

It may be those who do most, dream most.

Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? It may be those who do most dream most.

The old college is no doubt gone and we could not bring it back if we would. But it would perhaps be well for us if we could keep alive something of the intimate and friendly spirit that inspired it.

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.