The Wit and Wisdom of Jerome K. Jerome

“A baby is an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.”

“I can’t sit still and see another man slaving and working. I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. It is my energetic nature. I can’t help it.”

“What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.”

“Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.”

“It would not be a good place for the heroine of a modern novel to stay at. The heroine of a modern novel is always ‘divinely tall,’ and she is ever ‘drawing herself up to her full height.’ At the Barley Mow she would bump her head against the ceiling each time she did this.”

“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”

“It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.”

“It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.”

“‘Cultivate,’ I said, ‘a sense of humor. From a humorous point of view this lunch is rather good.'”

“And I am careful of my work, too. Why, some of the work that I have by me now has been in my possession for years and years, and there isn’t a finger-mark on it. I take a great pride in my work; I take it down now and then and dust it. No man keeps his work in a better state of preservation than I do.”

“That’s Harris all over – so ready to take the burden of everything himself, and put it on the backs of other people.”

Have your own favorite Jerome quote? Be sure to share it down in the comments section! I’d love to hear it!

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32 thoughts on “The Wit and Wisdom of Jerome K. Jerome”

  1. “It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.”
    That is my favorite one in there. Thanks for posting.

  2. “I can’t sit still and see another man slaving and working. I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. It is my energetic nature. I can’t help it.”

    I should quote this at work. ;)

  3. Love Wodehouse but never heard of Jerome. Happily, I was able to quickly download several of his books onto my nook. projectgutenberg.org

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