John Bartlett Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old John Bartlett quotes, John Bartlett sayings, and John Bartlett proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

An antique is anything old with class. John Bartlett
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with it's subject. John Bartlett
An infant crying in th night,/ An infant crying for the light / And with no language but a cry. John Bartlett
And Friday, my dear Friday, died of measles, 17 years ago come March. John Bartlett
Naked lunch— a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork. John Bartlett
Achievement— the death of endeavor and the birth of disgust. John Bartlett
No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, disgust simply does not exist where hunger is; and as to superstition, beliefs, and what you may call principles, they are less than chaff in a breeze. John Bartlett
The Goops they lick their fingers, / And the Goops they lick their knives; / They spill their broth on the tablecloth—/ Oh, they lead disgusting lives! / The Goops they talk while eating, / And loud and fast they chew; / And that is why I'm glad that I / am not a Goop— are you? John Bartlett
Let not ambition mock their useful toil, / Their homely joys, and destiny obscure; / Nor grandeur hear with a disdainful smile, / The short and simple annals of the poor. John Bartlett
And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. John Bartlett
It is the vague and elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back John Bartlett
The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness. John Bartlett
As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. John Bartlett
The sea is the lands's edge also, the granite / Into which it reaches, the beaches where it tosses / Its hints of earlier and other creation: / The starfish, the hermit crab, the whales's backbone; / The pools where it offers to our curiosity / The more delicate algae and the sea anemone. John Bartlett
Monday's child is fair of face, / Tuesday's child is full of grace, / Wednesday's child is full of woe, / Thursday's child has far to go, / Friday's child is loving and giving, / Saturday's child has to work for its living, / But a child that's born on the Sabbath day, / Is fair and wise and good and gay. John Bartlett
So there was a new breed of adventurers, urban adventurers who drifted out at night looking for action with a black man's code to fit their acts. The hipster had absorbed the existentialist synapses of the Negro, and for practical purpose could be considered a white Negro. John Bartlett
There's nothing sadder than an old hipster. John Bartlett
The history of the world is but the biography of great men. John Bartlett
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. John Bartlett
All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. John Bartlett
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. John Bartlett
Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say: Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday? John Bartlett