But as the work proceeded I was continually reminded of the fable about the elephant and the tortoise. Having constructed an elephant upon which the mathematical world could rest, I found the elephant tottering, and proceeded to construct a tortoise to keep the elephant from falling. But the tortois
Do something everyday that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and a seal.
So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.
It is impossible that a genius - at least a literary genius - can ever be discovered by his intimates; they are so close to him that he is out of focus to them and they can't get at his proportions; they can't perceive that there is any considerable difference between his bulk and their own.
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. Mark Twain
It is not worth while to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man's character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible.
The equator was wisely put where it is, because if it had been run through Europe all the kings would have tried to grab it.
Optimist: day dreamer more elegantly spelled. Mark T
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. Mark Twai
Few things are more irritating than when someone who is wrong is also very effective in making his point.
Once I talked to the inmates of an insane asylum in Hartford. I have talked to idiots a thousand times, but only once to the insane...
If you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain a dignified reserve toward you afterward. You will never get her full confidence again.
Surely the test of a novel's characters is that you feel a strong interest in them and their affairs the good to be successful, the bad to suffer failure. Well, in John Ward, you feel no divided interest, no discriminating interest you want them all to land in hell together, and right away.
You can't reason someone out of something that they weren't reasoned into in the first place.
A country without a patent office and good patent laws is just a crab, and can't travel any way but sideways and backways.
Hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions. And broadly speaking, Corn-Pone stands for Self-Approval. Self-approval is acquired mainly from the
I have learned that there lies dormant in the souls of all men a penchant for some particular musical instrument an an unsuspected yearning to play on it, which are bound to wake up an demand attention someday. Therefore you who rail at such that disturb your slumbers with unsuccessful and demoraliz
Doesn't make any difference who we are or what we are, there's always somebody to look down on.
Jesus died to save men - a small thing for an immortal to do - and didn't save many, anyway. But if he had been damned for the race, that would have been act of a size proper to a god, and would have saved the whole race.
There's a good spot tucked away somewhere in everybody. You'll be a long time finding it, sometimes.