Ogden Nash Quotes

Farewell, farewell, you old rhinoceros, I'll stare at something less prepoceros.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. The Rhinoceros (l. 3-4). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.
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Belinda lived in a little white house, With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse, And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon, And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. The Tale of Custard the Dragon (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. (1985) Oxford University Press.
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The pirate gaped at Belinda's dragon, And gulped some grog from his pocket flagon, He fired two bullets, but they didn't hit, And Custard gobbled him, every bit.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. The Tale of Custard the Dragon (l. 41-44). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. (1985) Oxford University Press.
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I don't mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it, But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. The Terrible People, Happy Days (1933).
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The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks Which practically conceal its sex.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. The Turtle (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.
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But that wasn't fancy enough for Lord Byron, oh dear me no, he had to invent a lot of figures of speech and then interpolate them, With the result that whenever you mention Old Testament soldiers to people they say Oh yes, they're the ones that a lot of wolves dressed up in gold and purple ate them.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. Very like a Whale (l. 19-20). . . Treasury of Great Poems, English and American, A. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (Rev. and enl. Ed., 1955) Simon and Schuster.
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One thing that literature would be greatly the better for Would be a more restricted employment by authors of simile and metaphor.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. Very like a Whale (l. 1-2). . . Treasury of Great Poems, English and American, A. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (Rev. and enl. Ed., 1955) Simon and Schuster.
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What does it mean when we are told That the Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold?
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. Very like a Whale (l. 5-6). . . Treasury of Great Poems, English and American, A. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (Rev. and enl. Ed., 1955) Simon and Schuster.
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Your hair may be brushed, but your mind's untidy, You've had about seven hours' sleep since Friday, No wonder you feel that lost sensation; You're sunk from a riot of relaxation.
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. We'll All Feel Better By Wednesday, Versus (1949).
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