Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a
woman whose troubles are worse than your own.
Nelson Algren 1909— In ‘Newsweek’ 2 July 1956
What’s the use of worrying?
It never was worth while,
So, pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag,
And smile, smile, smile.
George Asaf 1880-1951 ‘Pack up your Troubles’ (1915 song)
The trouble with people is not that they don’t know but that they know so much that ain’t so.
Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) 1818-85 ‘Josh Billings’ Encyclopedia of Wit and Wisdom’ (1874)
Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.
James H. Boren 1925—In ‘New York Times’ 8 November 1970, p. 45
Education doesn’t change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard.
The trouble with Nixon is that he’s a serious politics junkie. He’s totally hooked and like any other junkie, he’s a bummer to have around, especially as President.
Hunter S. Thompson
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Norman Vincent Peale
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
H. L. Mencken
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself – it is the occurring which is difficult.
My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.
T. S. Eliot
Neutrality is a negative word. It does not express what America ought to feel. We are not trying to keep out of trouble; we are trying to preserve the foundations on which peace may be rebuilt.
Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 – I didn’t have television then.
Charles de Gaulle
If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
We got into all the trouble you could ever imagine. We figured that if the Jones boys and all the gangsters ran Chicago, we had our own territory now. All the stores, all the crime, we were in charge of everything, my stepbrother and my brother.
It’s amazing how much trouble you can get in when you don’t have anything else to do.
The only thing I can say about having this type of success is that you can get yourself in trouble because basically the world is set open for you. People will say yes to anything you ask, so it’s basically down to you and what you want or need.
I have to do something with my mind, or I’ll get in trouble.
I have a hard time believing athletes are overpriced. If an owner is losing money, give it up. It’s a business. I have trouble figuring out why owners would stay in if they’re losing money.
The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.
A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.
I had a lot of trouble with engineers, because their whole background is learning from a functional point of view, and then learning how to perform that function.
The trouble with wedlock is that there’s not enough wed and too much lock.
Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. If a kid is having trouble or is discouraged, the problem is not just inside the kid; it’s also in the system, the society.
Any gifted child can potentially get in real trouble because of the way they are handled.
The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.
One stops being a child when one realizes that telling one’s trouble does not make it any better.
Each man must have his I; it is more necessary to him than bread; and if he does not find scope for it within the existing institutions he will be likely to make trouble.
Charles Horton Cooley
It’s very little trouble for me to accomodate my fans, unless I’m actually taking a pee at the time.
Every writer I know has trouble writing.
I think you’re running into a lot of trouble if your idea of foreplay is, ‘Brace yourself honey, here I come!’
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
Willem de Kooning