A story with a moral appended is like the bill of a mosquito. It bores you, and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience.
"The Gold that Glittered"
Perhaps there is no happiness in life so perfect as the martyr's.O. Henry
She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).O. Henry
It couldn't have happened anywhere but in little old New York.O. Henry
Bolivar cannot carry doubleO. Henry
It ain't the roads we take; it's what's inside of us that makes us turn out the way we do.O. Henry
What is the world at its best but a little round field of the moving pictures with two walking together in it?O. Henry
Turn up the lights — I don't want to go home in the dark.O. Henry
A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.O. Henry
A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.O. Henry
Take it from me — he's got the goods.O. Henry
Not very long ago some one invented the assertion that there were only "Four Hundred" people in New York City who were really worth noticing. But a wiser man has arisen — the census taker — and his larger estimate of human interest has been preferred in marking out the field of these little stories of the "Four Million."O. Henry
One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.O. Henry
If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they’d never marry.O. Henry
In time truth and science and nature will adapt themselves to art. Things will happen logically, and the villain be discomfited instead of being elected to the board of directors. But in the meantime fiction must not only be divorced from fact, but must pay alimony and be awarded custody of the press despatches.O. Henry
Broadway — the great sluice that washes out the dust of the gold-mines of Gotham.O. Henry
Busy as a one-armed man with the nettle-rash pasting on wallpaper.O. Henry
If ever there was an aviary overstocked with jays it is that Yaptown-on-the-Hudson, called New York.O. Henry
History is bright and fiction dull with homely men who have charmed women.O. Henry
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