The O. Henry Museum offers a look into the life of William Sidney Porter in the Austin years leading up to his controversial prison term, after which he assumed the pen name O. Henry and set about transforming himself into the famed short story writer who authored such universal classics as "Gifts of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief," and "The Cop and the Anthem."
409 E. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78701
As good habits are said to be better than good principles, so, perhaps, good manners are better than good habits.
— O. Henry, The Trimmed Lamp
When one loves one’s Art no service seems too hard.
— O. Henry, A Service of Love
Austin society is acknowledged to be the wittiest, the most select, and the highest bred to be found southwest of Kansas City.
— O. Henry, Tictocq: The Great French Detective, in Austin
I’ve often wondered what good too much education is to a man if he can’t use it for himself. If all the benefits of it are to go to the others, where does it come in?
— O. Henry, Buried Treasure
Miss McCarty went up to him, and he kissed her loudly. He repeated this at regular intervals of ten seconds, with the effect of a rapid fire machine gun.
— O. Henry, The Bride of the Bronx: A Composite Story
We may achieve climate, but weather is thrust upon us.
— O. Henry, A Fog in Santone
It seems that fathers and mothers are willin’ for their offsprings to be drownded, stole, fed on poison oak, and et by catamounts 364 days in the year; but on Christmas Day they insists on enjoyin’ the exclusive mortification of their company.
— O. Henry, Christmas by Injunction
We soon lost all idea of what time of the year it was. It’s just about eighty degrees there in December and June and on Fridays and at midnight and election day and any other old time.
— O. Henry, The Day We Celebrate