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Martha Lupton

  • If God is your partner make your plans large.

  • The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice.

  • It isn't your position that makes you happy or unhappy.

  • Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

  • It's a queer world. Remain silent and others suspect that you are ignorant; talk and you remove all doubt of it.

  • In the country life is what you make it, while in the city life is what you make.

  • The two chief problems are the high cost of living and the cheapness of human life.

  • Life is for most of us a continuous process of getting used to things we hadn't expected.

  • Recipe for a long life: Be careful not to exceed the feed limit.

  • The ideal life is to do everything a little and one thing a lot.

  • One half the world doesn't know how the other half lives, and is not especially worried on the subject.

  • As we understand the doctors, you can live much longer if you quit everything that makes you want to.

  • Love doesn't really make the world go round. It just makes people dizzy so it looks like it.

  • The love that passeth all understanding is in the movies.

  • Love is a beautiful story and marriage is the talkie version of it.

  • Love is blind and marriage is an eye doctor.

  • If absence make the heart grow fonder, then a lot of folks sure do love the church.

  • A husband is like an egg — if kept continually in hot water he becomes hard boiled.

  • Minds are like parachutes: they function only when open.

  • When people clamor for a new religion, what they really want is a religion that isn't too religious.

  • If your religion is of the kind that can be easily hidden, it can be easily lost.

  • If you hold your religion lightly you are sure to let it slip.

  • It is the quick thinkers who become leaders. He who hesitates is bossed.

  • The chief difference is that a low-brow tells you what he thinks and a high-brow tells you what somebody else thinks.

  • People who think too much of themselves do not think enough.

  • Another good way to learn how to think fast on your feet is to be a pedestrian.

Martha Lupton, U.S. anthologist, wit

All quotations attributed here to Martha Lupton may not be originally hers. However, her style was to attribute every quotation she collected to the person responsible — having no attribution usually meant that it was hers. However, even she is a mystery — no biographical information is easily available. Corrections and information are welcome.