I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.
We get our morals from books. I didn't get mine from books, but I know that morals do come from books- theoretically at least.
What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.
To avoid lying, do nothing that needs covering.
I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.
The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man's.
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
One compliment can keep me going for a whole month.
What a lie it is to call this a free country, where none but the unworthy and undeserving may swear.
A reputable lawyer will advise you to keep out of the law, make the best of a foolish bargain, and not get caught again.
It's awful undermining to the intellect, German is; you want to take it in small doses, or first you know your brains all run together, and you feel them flapping around in your head same as so much drawn butter.
The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is--a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark T
We can't reach old age by another man's road.
To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal. Mark T
... No photograph ever was good, yet, of anybody - hunger and thirst and utter wretchedness overtake the outlaw who invented it! It transforms into desperadoes the weakest of men; depicts sinless innocence upon the pictured faces of ruffians; gives the wise man the stupid leer of a fool, and the foo
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose application of the word. Consider the flea! - incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.
A private should preserve a respectful attitude toward his superiors, and should seldom or never proceed so far as to offer suggestions to his general in the field. If the battle is not being conducted to suit him, it is better for him to resign. By the etiquette of war, it is permitted to none belo
What a world of trouble those who never marry escape! There are many happy matches, it is true, and sometimes "my dear," and "my love" come from the heart; but what sensible bachelor, rejoicing in his freedom and years of discretion, will run the tremendous risk?
I purpose publishing these Letters here in the world before I return to you. Two editions. One, unedited, for Bible readers and their children; the other, expurgated, for persons of refinement
I said there was but one solitary thing about the past worth remembering, and that was the fact that it is past-can't be restored.
Great enterprises usually promise vastly more than they perform.
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?
It is easy to see that the inventor of the heaven did not originate the idea, but copied it from the show-ceremonies of some sorry little sovereign State up in the back settlements of the Orient somewhere.
Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.
He is now rising from affluence to poverty.
Adam was the author of sin, and I wish he had taken out an international copyright on it.
What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.
No public interest is anything other or nobler than a massed accumulation of private interests.
His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and there's scarcely a hole in it anywhere.