Top 20 Richard Harding Davis Quotes of 2020

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“The old sergeant from headquarters treats me like a son and takes the greatest pride in whatever I do or write. He regularly assigns me now to certain doors, and I always obey orders like the little gentleman that I am.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“As soon as she gets her divorce one of us is going to marry her. We don’t know which. She is about as beautiful a woman as I ever saw, and very witty and well-informed, but it would cost a good deal to keep her in diamonds.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“Wednesday a junior came to me, and told me I was to be hazed as I left the Opera House Friday night.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“You see, I’d not a very good place here; the fellows looked on me as a sort of special object of ridicule, on account of the hat and cane, walk, and so on, though I thought I’d got over that by this time.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“I have just come from a couple of raids, where we had a very lively time, and some of them had to pull their guns. I found it necessary to punch a few sports myself.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“Tonight I am going to take a party to the headquarters of the fire department, where I have a cinch on the captain, a very nice fellow, who is unusually grateful for something I wrote about him and his men. They are going to do the Still Alarm act for me.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“Anything as good and true as that moral cannot be new at this late date.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“I knew more about Texas than the Texans and when they told me I would find summer here I smiled knowingly.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“It has pleased and interested me to see how I could get along under difficult circumstances and with so much discomfort but as I say I was not sent out here to improve my temper or my health or to make me more content with my good things in the East.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“Creede is built of new pine boards and lies between two immense mountains covered with pines and snow.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“I went out to the Derby on Wednesday and think it is the most interesting thing I ever saw over here.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“Of course, the idea of a six months’ holiday is enough to make anyone laugh at anything, but I find that besides that I was a good deal harassed and run down, and I am glad to cut off from everything and start fresh. I feel miserably selfish about it all the time.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“Portugal is a high hill with a white watch tower on it flying signal flags. It is apparently inhabited by one man who lives in a long row of yellow houses with red roofs, and populated by sheep who do grand acts of balancing on the side of the hill.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“I am now in Gibraltar. It is a large place and there does not seem to be room in this letter, in which to express my feelings about Moors in bare legs and six thousand Red-coats and to hear Englishmen speak again.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“Morocco as it is is a very fine place spoiled by civilization.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“All the fascination of King Solomon’s Mines seems to be behind those great mountains and this I may add is a bit of advance work for mother, an entering wedge to my disappearing from sight for years and years in the Congo.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“As soon as I landed at Malta I found that though I could go to Tunis I could not go away without being quarantined for ten days and if I remained in Malta I must stay a week.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“I wish I was not such a very bad hand at languages. That is one thing I cannot do, that and ride.”

― Richard Harding Davis

“All through the night, like the tumult of a river when it races between the cliffs of a canyon, in my sleep I could hear the steady roar of the passing army.”

― Richard Harding Davis
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