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The Cigar Quote Primer

Some of the most celebrated sayings about cigars have a long, colorful and sometimes surprising history
Fred R. Shapiro
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Nov/Dec 2007

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"A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman."
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Darnley

"Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman—or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle."
George Burns

"Divine in hookas, glorious in a pipe
When tipp'd with amber, mellow, rich, and ripe;
Like other charmers, wooing the caress
More dazzlingly when daring in full dress;
Yet thy true lovers more admire by far
Thy naked beauties—give me a cigar!"
Lord Byron, "The Island"

"My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars."
Winston Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

"By the cigars they smoke, and the composers they love, ye shall know the texture of men's souls."
John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

"Some sigh for this and that;
My wishes don't go far;
The world may wag at will,
So I have my cigar."
Thomas Hood, "The Cigar"

"You should hurry up…and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear."
Aldous Huxley, Time Must Have a Stop

"I said, 'Forgive me, sir,' and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant that I took the photograph. The silence was deafening."
Yousuf Karsh, recalling the taking of his famous "bulldog" photograph of Winston Churchill

"'A cigar,' said the altruist, 'a cigar, my good man, I cannot give you. But any time you need a light, just come around; mine is always lit.'"
Karl Kraus

"Young man, you may or may not have murdered a middle-aged woman, but you've certainly saved the life of an elderly barrister."
Charles Laughton, thanking Tyrone Power for sneaking him a cigar, Witness for the Prosecution (film)


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