7 Brilliant Quotes By O.Henry That Will Pierce Through Your Soul

O.Henry's U.S. Postal Stamp | Photo: writerswrite.com

O.Henry, whose real name was William Sydney Porter, continues to charm the readers’ hearts through his beautifully penned words. His short stories, that always had surprise endings linger on in our minds long after we’ve read it, bringing about a burst of emotions.

His short stories like, ‘The Gift Of The Magi’, ‘The Cop And The Anthem’, ‘The Ransom Of The Red Chief’, etc. are some of the most famous works.

Not many know that the ‘O’ in O.Henry’s pen name stands for ‘Olivier’.

In a 1909 interview with The New York Times, he said, “It was during these New Orleans days that I adopted my pen name of O. Henry. I said to a friend: “I’m going to send out some stuff. I don’t know if it amounts to much, so I want to get a literary alias. Help me pick out a good one.” He suggested that we get a newspaper and pick a name from the first list of notables that we found in it. In the society columns we found the account of a fashionable ball. “Here we have our notables,” said he. We looked down the list and my eye lighted on the name Henry, “That’ll do for a last name,” said I. “Now for a first name. I want something short. None of your three-syllable names for me.” “Why don’t you use a plain initial letter, then?” asked my friend. “Good,” said I, “O is about the easiest letter written, and O it is.”

Here are some of the best quotes by the master-writer:

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Heer Khant

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