A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Love is madness, if thwarted it develops fast.
Education that consists in learning things and not the meaning of them is feeding upon the husks and not the corn
Greece is a bleak, unsmiling desert, without agriculture, manufactures or commerce, apparently. What supports its poverty-stricken people or its Government, is a mystery.
The motto stated a lie. If this nation has ever trusted in God, that time has gone by; for nearly half a century almost its entire trust has been in the Republican party and the dollar--mainly the dollar. I recognize that I am only making an assertion and furnishing no proof; I am sorry, but this is
The trouble with most of us is that we know too much that ain't so.
Behind every successful man, there is a woman - And behind every unsuccessful man, there are two.
A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. Mark Twai
An injurious lie is an uncommendable thing; and so, also, and in the same degree, is an injurious truth a fact that is recognized by the law of libel .
Of the demonstrably wise there are but two: those who commit suicide, & those who keep their reasoning faculties atrophied with drink.
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. Mark Twai
As a rule, we go about with masks, we go about looking honest, and we are able to conceal ourselves all through the day.
The weakest of all weak things is a virtue that has not been tested in the fire.
If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. Mark T
How superbly brave is the Englishman in the presence of the awfulest forms of danger and death; and how abject in the presence of any and all forms of hereditary rank.
I never felt so fervently thankful, so soothed, so tranquil, so filled with the blessed peace, as I did yesterday when I learned that Michael Angelo was dead.
....try the mustard, - a man can't know what turnips are in perfection without mustard.
But in this country we have one great privilege which they don't have in other countries. When a thing gets to be absolutely unbearable the people can rise up and throw it off. That's the finest asset we've got - the ballot box.
Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
Look at you in war...There has never been a just one, never an honorable one, on the part of the instigator of the war.
It is so unsatisfactory to read a noble passage and have no one you love at hand to share the happiness with you. And it is unsatisfactory to read to one's self anyhow - for the uttered voice so heightens the expression.
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream. Mark T
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. Mark T
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
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.
All emotion is involuntary when genuine. Mark Twai
In 'Huckleberry Finn,' I have drawn Tom Blankenship exactly as he was. He was ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had.
What God lacks is convictions- stability of character. He ought to be a Presbyterian or a Catholic or something- not try to be everything.
A marriage...makes of two fractional lives a whole; it gives to two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each to perform it; it gives to two questioning natures a reason for living, and something to live for; it will give a new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flower
I cannot see the short, white curls Upon the forehead of an Ox, But what I see them dripping with That poor thing's blood, and hear the ax; When I see calves and lambs, I see Them led to death; I see no bird Or rabbit cross the open field But what a sudden shot is heard; A shout that tells me men ai