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Thomas Chandler Haliburton "As sharp as a tack" – Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Thomas Chandler Haliburton –
Sam Slick’s Wise Saws

Thomas Chandler Haliburton, born in Windsor in 1796 and educated at Canada’s first college, King’s College, Windsor, created the popular fictional character Sam Slick, a Yankee peddler who sold clocks to unsuspecting Nova Scotians, which he called "Bluenoses".

Haliburton’s popular satirical writings made him the "Father of American Humor". He is still the most commonly quoted writer in America.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton included many wise sayings used in his stories:

As quick as a wink
Seeing is believing
He drank like a fish
Real genuine skinflint
I wasn’t born yesterday
You’re as sharp as a tack
A stitch in time saves nine
Barking up the wrong tree
Circumstances alter cases
A miss is as good as a mile
They are all uppercrust here
The early bird gets the worm
Facts are stranger than fiction
Give and take, live and let live
This country is going to the dogs
Punctuality is the soul of business
You can’t get blood out of a stone
Every dog has his day in this world
As large as life and twice as natural
Six of one, half a dozen of the other
Never look a gift horse in the mouth
What a pity that marryin’ spoils courtin’
He flies right off the handle for nothing
I like to let every feller grind his own axe
It’s like looking for a needle in a hay stack
A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse
Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence
A knowledge of God is the foundation of all wisdom
We reckon hours and minutes to be dollars and cents
An ounce of prevention is as good as a pound of cure
When a man is wrong and won’t admit is, he always gets angry
A college education shows how devilish little other people know
Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive
It is easier to make money than to save it;
one is exertion, the other self-denial
If a man seems bent on cheating himself,
I like to be neighborly and help him do it

T.C. Haliburton On Relationships…

"There is a private spring to everyone’s affection; if you can find that, and touch it, the door will fly open, tho’ it was a miser’s heart."

"What a pity it is that marryin’ spoils courtin’."

"Matrimony likes contrasts; friendship seeks it’s own counterparts."

"All the girls regard marraige as an enviable lot, or a necessary evil."

"There must have been a charming climate in Paradise. The temperature was perfect, and cannubial bliss, I allot, was a real jam up."

"Women, in a general way, don’t look like the same critters when they are spliced, that they do before; matrimony, like sugar and water, has a nutral affinity for, and a tendency to acidity."


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