A man can be a Christian or a patriot, but he can't legally be a Christian and a patriot - except in the usual way: one of the two with the mouth, the other with the heart.

-Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Christianity will doubtless still survive in the earth ten centuries hence- stuffed and in a museum.

Mark Twain
I don't see any use in having a uniform and arbitrary way of spelling words. We might as well make all clothes alike and cook all dishes alike. Sameness is tiresome; variety is pleasing.
Mark Twain

What's the use you learning to do right , when it's troublesome to do right and it ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?

Mark Twain
I haven't a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.
Mark Twain

The worst thing you can do to a man is to tell him he can have what he wants.

Mark Twain
Our Congresses consist of Christians. In their private life they are true to every obligation of honor; yet in every session they violate them all, and do it without shame. Because honor to party is above honor to themselves.
Mark Twain

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.

Mark Twain
Literature is well enough, as a time-passer, and for the improvement and general elevation and purification of mankind, but it has no practical value.
Mark Twain

Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.

Mark Twain
I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting some false and most pernicious notions about consistency - and to such a degree that the average man has turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized, where it should be his humiliation.