Every improvement that is put upon the real estate is the result of an idea in somebody's head. The skyscraper is another idea; the railroad is another; the telephone and all those things are merely symbols which represent ideas. An andiron, a wash-tub, is the result of an idea that did not exist before.

-Mark Twain
Mark Twain

To avoid lying, do nothing that needs covering.

Mark Twain
The truth hurts, but silence kills.
Mark Twain

He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.

Mark Twain
Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.
Mark Twain

Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.

Mark Twain
We don't cut up when mad men are bred by the old legitimate regular stock religions, but we can't allow wildcat religions to indulge in such disastrous experiments.
Mark Twain

The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world'd luxuries, king by grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took: we know it because she repented.

Mark Twain
A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razorstrap. A thing book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.
Mark Twain

Is a person's public and private opinion the same? It is thought there have been instances.

Mark Twain
A German joke is no laughing matter.