There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.
A railroad is like a lie you have to keep building it to make it stand.
I should be sorry to think it was the publishers themselves they got up this entire little flutter to enable them to unload a book that was taking too much room in their cellars, but you can never tell what a publisher will do. I have been one myself.
All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
When your opinions start to coincide with those of the majority, it is time to reconsider your opinions.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark T
To be human is to have one's little modicum of romance secreted away in one's composition. One never ceases to make a hero of one's self, (in private,) during life, but only alters the style of heroism from time to time as the drifting years belittle certain gods of his admiration and raise up other
Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponent will do it for you.
Geniuses are people who dash off weird, wild, incomprehensible poems with astonishing facility, & then go & get booming drunk & sleep in the gutter. Genius elevates a man to ineffable speres [sic] far above the vulgar world, & fills his soul with a regal contempt for the gross & sordid things of ear
A man who chooses not to read is just as ignorant as a man who cannot read.
The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. Mark Twai
Men think they think upon the great political questions, and they do; but they think with their party, not independently; they read its literature, but not that of the other side
A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. Mark Twai
When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.
The equator was wisely put where it is, because if it had been run through Europe all the kings would have tried to grab it.
The joy of killing! the joy of seeing killing done - these are traits of the human race at large.
There are some few people I respect and admire, but I don't think much of the species.
We regret the things we don't do more than the things we do.
Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins. Mark T
Don't let schooling interfere with your education. Mark T
If you invent two or three people and turn them loose in your manuscript, something is bound to happen to them -- you can't help it; and then it will take you the rest of the book to get them out of the natural consequences of that occurrence, and so first thing you know, there's your book all finis
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.
All war must be just the killing of strangers against whom you feel no personal animosity; strangers whom, in other circumstances, you would help if you found them in trouble, and who would help you if you needed it.
If the man doesn't believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can't burn him.
There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of
Evolution is the law of policies: Darwin said it, Socrates endorsed it, Cuvier proved it and established it for all time in his paper on The Survival of the Fittest. These are illustrious names, this is a mighty doctrine: nothing can ever remove it from its firm base, nothing dissolve it, but evolut
Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. See what happens when you "know it all", at any stage of life? Farther down the track you may see clearly how certain perso
Surely the test of a novel's characters is that you feel a strong interest in them and their affairs the good to be successful, the bad to suffer failure. Well, in John Ward, you feel no divided interest, no discriminating interest you want them all to land in hell together, and right away.