Gelett Burgess

artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist
Burgess circa 1910

Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866September 18, 1951) was an American artist, art critic, poet, author and humourist.

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QuotesEdit

  • To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.
    • From the essay The Sense of Humor first published in The Romance of the Commonplace (1902).
  • there are no roads in all Bohemia !
  • A woman and a mouse, they carry a tale wherever they go.
    • Gelett Burgess, The Maxims of Methuselah (1907).
 
The Purple Cow

The Purple Cow (1895)Edit

  • I never saw a purple cow,
    I never hope to see one;
    But I can tell you, anyhow,
    I'd rather see than be one!

Confession (1897)Edit

  • Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"—
    I'm Sorry, now, I wrote it;
    But I can tell you Anyhow
    I'll Kill you if you Quote it!
    • Poem Confession: and a Portrait Too, Upon a Background that I Rue (1897)
    • Reacting to the many parodies of his poem.

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