It is an important thing, in our never-ending pursuit of happiness, to stop and just be happy for a while.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. Mark T
Morals are not the important thing-nor enlightenment-nor civilization. A man can do absolutely well without them, but he can't do without something to eat. The supremest thing is the need of the body, not of the mind and spirit.
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
We wish to learn all the curious, outlandish ways of all the different countries, so that we can "show off" and astonish people when we get home. We wish to excite the envy of our untraveled friends with our strange foreign fashions which we can't shake off.
There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Hell fire is gone, but the text remains. Infant damnation is gone, but the text remains. More than two hundred death penalties are gone from the law books, but the texts that authorized them remain.
Don't wake up a woman in love. Let her dream, so that she does not weep when she returns to her bitter reality
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.
If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.
Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And hain't that a big enough majority in any town?
Word it as softly as you please, the spirit of patriotism is the spirit of the dog and wolf. The moment there is a misunderstanding about a boundary line or a hamper of fish or some other squalid matter, see patriotism rise, and hear him split the universe with is war-whoop. The spirit of patriotism
I saw men whom thirty years had changed but slightly; but their wives had grown old. These were good women; it is very wearing to be good.
No, I have no desire for riches. Honest poverty and a conscience, torpid through virtuous inaction, are more to me than corner lots and praise.
The water is clearer than the air, and the air is the air that angels breathe.
Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.
It is believed by everyone that when he was in heaven he was stern, hard, resentful, jealous and cruel, but that when he came down to earth, he became the opposite... sweet, gentle merciful, forgiving. He was a thousand billion times crueler than ever he was in the Old Testament... Meek and gentle?
What do you think of the human mind? I mean, in case you think there is a human mind.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.
Tight pants are just uncomfortable.
The educated Southerner has no use for an 'r', except at the beginning of a word. Mark T
That is their way, those plagues, those scientists - peg, peg, peg - dig, dig, dig - plod, plod, plod. I wish I could catch a cargo of them for my place; it would be an economy. Yes, for years, you see. They never give up. Patience, hope, faith, perseverance; it is the way of all the breed.
It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive.
The real yellow peril: Gold.
If you want to change the future, you must change what you're doing in the present.
There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought -a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.