The joy of killing! the joy of seeing killing done - these are traits of the human race at large.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain 4
Education is what you must acquire without any interference from your schooling.
We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.
The piano may do for love-sick girls who lace themselves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles and slate pencils, but give me the banjo.
The darling mispronunciations of childhood! - dear me, there's no music that can touch it; and how one grieves when it wastes away and dissolves into correctness, knowing it will never visit his bereaved ear again.
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.
A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.
One frequently only finds out how really beautiful a women is, until after considerable acquaintance with her.
Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. I know this by my own experience, & to this day I cherish an unappeased bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 y
My interest in my work dies a sudden and violent death when the work is done.
When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them--then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are far apart.
The most successful people are those who do all year long what they would otherwise do on their summer vacation.
Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.
There is nothing like instances to grow hair on a bald-headed argument.
I smoke in moderation. Only one cigar at a time.
In all the ages, three-fourths of the support of the great charities has been conscience money.
Start it at no particular time of your life; wander at your free will all over your life; talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment; drop it the moment its interest threatens to pale.
Age enlarges and enriches the powers of some musical instruments - notably those of the violin - but it seems to set a piano's teeth on edge.
Let your joy be unconfined!
A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.
There are lies, damned lies and statistics.
It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist. What is its seat? The inborn requirement of self-approval.
Nature makes the locust with an appetite for crops; man would have made him with an appetite for sand
Man is the only animal that is cruel. It kills just for the sake of it.
The introduction of homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopaths to destroy it.
Figures don't lie, but liars figure.
Each nation knowing it has the only true religion and the only sane system of government, each despising all the others, each an ass and not suspecting it.
Every man is a moon and has a side which he turns toward nobody: you have to slip around behind it if you want to see it.