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DOB
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3-05-1853
DOD
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3-10-1937

Celebrated American journalist, Edgar Watson Howe always wanted to become a novelist, but his dreams were nipped in the bud owing to financial constraints. In those days, as it is even now, to dedicate valuable time to penning a novel and also publishing it required a person to have enough money saved for a rainy day. Unfortunately for Howe, he could not lay claim to a full wallet.

To overcome his dire situation and yet pursue his dreams of writing, Howe would return home each day and sit at his kitchen table to write a few lines on a yellow tablet, using a pencil. Soon his experiences about his miserable life in a small town of Missouri began taking shape in the form of a book titled, ‘The Story of a Country Town’. The aspiring author did his level best to get his efforts printed—he ran from pillar to post but most publishers rejected his draft. Though disheartened, Edgar did not lose hope and went about trying to print it himself. Despite the tedious hand-set type printing, Howe saw to it that numerous copies were published and then distributed not just to friends and family members, but also to bookstores. He even sent copies to the likes of famous critics William Dean Howells and Mark Twain. Both critics loved the book and encouraged Howe to continue writing and extend the distribution of the book. Soon, it was the success of this book that changed Edgar Watson Howe’s life dramatically.

If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

- Edgar Watson Howe

A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around.

- Edgar Watson Howe

A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion or his country.

- Edgar Watson Howe

A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.

- Edgar Watson Howe

A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast.

- Edgar Watson Howe

A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact.

- Edgar Watson Howe

All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into.

- Edgar Watson Howe

Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.

- Edgar Watson Howe

Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for better.

- Edgar Watson Howe

Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.

- Edgar Watson Howe

Farmers only worry during the growing season, but townspeople worry all the time.

- Edgar Watson Howe

For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they have a hundred when alone.

- Edgar Watson Howe

Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time.

- Edgar Watson Howe

If a woman doesn't chase a man a little, she doesn't love him.

- Edgar Watson Howe

Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk.

- Edgar Watson Howe

To avoid mistakes and regrets, always consult your wife before engaging in a flirtation.

- Edgar Watson Howe

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.

- Edgar Watson Howe

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