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Ogden Nash is an American poet, the son of a country doctor. He was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. His father died when he was only four years old, and his mother had to work to support him and his brother. Nash attended Harvard University from 1925-1927 where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine. After college Nash used his writing talents at newspapers such as The New York Evening Journal or The San Francisco Chronicle but eventually became a freelance writer who supported himself by doing advertising copywriting for firms like Jantzen Swimwear Company or General Electric Appliances Division among others. In 1922 Nash published a collection of poems called Verses From 1929 followed in 1932 with Conversations With Myself.

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About Ogden Nash

birth of the author

August 19, 1902

death of the author

May 19, 1971

education of the author

Harvard University

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To love is an active verb. โ€” Ogden Nash


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This is my dream, It is my own dream, I dreamt it. I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it. โ€” Ogden Nash

Middleโ€“aged life is merry, and I love to lead it. โ€” Ogden Nash

The sky is now indelible ink, The branches reft asunder; But you and I we do not shrink; We love the lovely thunder. โ€” Ogden Nash

to love is an active verb Ogden Nash quote

To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up. โ€” Ogden Nash

We love the kindly wind and hail, The jolly thunderbolt, We watch in glee the fairy trail Of ampere, watt, and volt. โ€” Ogden Nash

Any kiddie in school can love like a fool, But Hating, my boy, is an Art. โ€” Ogden Nash

When I remember bygone days I think how evening follows morn So many I loved were not yet dead, So many I love were not yet born. โ€” Ogden Nash

The truth I do not stretch or shove When I state the dog is full of love. I’ve also proved, by actual test, A wet dog is the lovingest. โ€” Ogden Nash

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Some hate broccoli, some hate bacon I hate having my picture taken. How can your family claim to love you And then demand a picture of you? โ€” Ogden Nash

The camel has a single hump, The dromedary, two; Or else the other way around; I’m never sure. Are you? โ€” Ogden Nash


Time is like the ocean, always there, always different. โ€” Ogden Nash

Maybe I couldn’t be dafter, But I keep wondering if this time we settle our differences before a war instead of after. โ€” Ogden Nash

To maintain your marriage brimming, with really like in the wedding cup, anytime you are incorrect, admit it each time you’re proper, shut up. โ€” Ogden Nash

time is like the ocean always there always different Ogden Nash quote

Time is so old and love so brief, love is pure gold and time a thief. We’re late, darling, we’re late, The curtain descends, everything ends, too soon, too soon. โ€” Ogden Nash

Tonight’s December thirtyโ€“first, something is about to burst. The clock is crouching, dark and small, like a time bomb in the hall. Hark, it’s midnight, children dear. Duck! Here comes another year! โ€” Ogden Nash

Dogs display reluctance and wrath If you try to give them a bath. They bury bones in hideaways And half the time they trot sideaways. โ€” Ogden Nash

A bit of talcum Is always walcum. โ€” Ogden Nash


No man is greater than his respect for sleep. โ€” Ogden Nash

no man is greater than his respect for sleep Ogden Nash quote

Sleep is perverse as human nature, Sleep is perverse as a legislature, Sleep is as forward as hives or goiters, And where it is least desired, it loiters. โ€” Ogden Nash

Your hair may be brushed, but your mind’s untidy. You’ve had about seven hours of sleep since Friday. No wonder you feel that lost sensation. You’re sunk from a riot of relaxation. โ€” Ogden Nash

The more you earn, the less you keep, And now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to take, If the taxโ€“collector hasn’t got it before I wake. โ€” Ogden Nash


In real life, it takes only one to make a quarrel. โ€” Ogden Nash

When a lady’s erotic life is vexed God knows what God is coming next. โ€” Ogden Nash

in real life it takes only one to make a quarrel Ogden Nash quote

Certainly there are things in life that money can’t buy, but it’s very funnyโ€“Did you ever try buying them without money? โ€” Ogden Nash

The further through life I drift the more obvious it becomes that I am lacking in thrift. โ€” Ogden Nash

Stuyvesant chats with Kelly and Katz, The professor warms to the broker, And life is good in the brotherhood Of an airโ€“conditioned smoker. โ€” Ogden Nash

Life has a tendency to obfuscate and bewilder, Such as fating us to spend the first part of our lives being embarrassed by our parents and the last part being embarrassed by our children. โ€” Ogden Nash

Life is not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor. โ€” Ogden Nash

when a lady s erotic life is vexed god knows what god is coming next Ogden Nash quote

He who has never tasted jail Lives well within the legal pale, While he who’s served a heavy sentence Renews the racket, not repentance. โ€” Ogden Nash

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There are two kinds of people who blow through life like a breeze, And one kind is gossipers, and the other kind is gossipees. โ€” Ogden Nash

It is my duty, gentlemen, to inform you that women are dictators all, and I recommend to you this moral: In real life it takes only one to make a quarrel. โ€” Ogden Nash

I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance, Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance. โ€” Ogden Nash

The turtle lives ‘twixt plated decks Which practically conceal its sex I think it clever of the turtle In such a fix to be so fertile. โ€” Ogden Nash


Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. โ€” Ogden Nash

There has been a lot of progress during my lifetime, but I’m afraid it’s heading in the wrong direction. โ€” Ogden Nash

A door is whAt A dog is perpetuAlly on the wrong side of. โ€” Ogden Nash

I think progress began to retrogress when Wilbur and Orville started tinkering around in Dayton and at Kitty Hawk, because I believe that two Wrights made a wrong. โ€” Ogden Nash

Some one invented the telephone, And interrupted a nation’s slumbers, Ringing wrong but similar numbers. โ€” Ogden Nash

whenever you re wrong admit it whenever you re right shut up Ogden Nash quote

I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons. โ€” Ogden Nash


But children, hark! Your mother would rather, When you arrived, have been your father. โ€” Ogden Nash

The preacher, The politicain, The teacher, were each of Them once a kiddie. a child, indeed, is a wonderful creature. do i want one? god forbiddie! โ€” Ogden Nash

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave, when they think that their children are naive. โ€” Ogden Nash

Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, and that’s what parents were created for. โ€” Ogden Nash

but children hark your mother would rather when you arrived have been your father Ogden Nash quote

The burnt child, urged by rankling ire, Can hardly wait to get back at the fire. โ€” Ogden Nash

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore. โ€” Ogden Nash

A fAmily is A unit composed not only of children but of men, women, An occAsionAl AnimAl, And the common cold. โ€” Ogden Nash

Snow is all right while it is snowing; it is like inebriation because it is very pleasing when it is coming, but very unpleasing when it is going. โ€” Ogden Nash

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