Douglas William Jerrold

Douglas William Jerrold (January 3, 1803 - June 8, 1857), was an English dramatist and writer.


  • He is one of those wise philanthropists who in a time of famine would vote for nothing but a supply of toothpicks.
    • Douglas Jerrold’s Wit.
  • The surest way to hit a woman’s heart is to take aim kneeling.
    • Douglas Jerrold’s Wit.
  • That fellow would vulgarize the day of judgment.
    • A comic Author.
  • The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.
    • The Anglo-French Alliance.
  • The life of the husbandman,—a life fed by the bounty of earth and sweetened by the airs of heaven.
    • The Husbandman’s Life.
  • Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.
    • Meeting Troubles half-way.
  • Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
  • The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment.
    • Ugly Trades.
  • A blessed companion is a book,—a book that fitly chosen is a life-long friend.
    • Books.
  • He was so good he would pour rose-water on a toad.
    • A charitable Man.
  • As for the brandy, “nothing extenuate;” and the water, put nought in it malice.
    • Shakespeare Grog.
  • Self-defense is the clearest of all laws; and for this reason - the lawyers didn't make it.
  • Talk to him of Jacob’s ladder, and he would ask the number of the steps.
    • A matter-of-fact Man.
  • That questionable superfluity—small beer.
    • The Tragedy of the Till.
  • The sharp employ the sharp; verily, a man may be known by his attorney.

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Douglas William Jerrold
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