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 Don Herold

Don Herold
July 9, 1889 – June 1, 1966

He was an American humorist, writer, illustrator, and cartoonist who wrote and illustrated many books and was a contributor to national magazines.

One of his most famous works is a poem called "If I had My Life to Live over", which was misattributed to Jorge Luis Borges published on Reader's Digest in 1953.


"If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones."

Don Herold

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it”

Don Herold

"Why resist temptation? There will always be more"

Don Herold

"Don't ever slam a door, you might want to go back. "
Don Herold

If I had my life to live over,
I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
I would relax. I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have on this trip.
I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers,
and watch more sunsets.
I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who lives
prophylactically and sensibly and sanely,
hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I have had my moments
And if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
Just moments,one after another.
Instead of living so many years ahead each day.
I have been one of those people who never go anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a
raincoat, and a parachute.

If I had to do it over again, I would go places and do things.
I'd travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted
earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would play hooky more. I wouldn't make such good grades
except by accident.
I would ride on merry-go-rounds.

I'd pick more daisies!

Poem "If I have my life to live over" by Don Herold

“Babies are such a nice way to start people”

Don Herold

“Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people.”

Don Herold

28 Jan


“Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.”

Don Herold

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