I don't see any use in having a uniform and arbitrary way of spelling words. We might as well make all clothes alike and cook all dishes alike. Sameness is tiresome; variety is pleasing.
There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.
Concentration of power in a political machine is bad; and an Established Church is only a political machine; it was invented for that; it is nursed, cradled, preserved for that; it is an enemy to human liberty, and does no good which it could not better do in a split-up and scattered condition.
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
It is not like studying German, where you mull along, in a groping, uncertain way, for thirty years; and at last, just as you think you've got it, they spring the subjunctive on you, and there you are. No- and I see now plainly enough, that the great pity about the German language is, that you can't
Taking the pledge will not make bad liquor good, but it will improve it.
If they [the dead] should speak, it would be found that in matters of opinion no departed person was exactly what he had passed for in life. They would realise, deep down, that they, and whole nations along with them, are not really what they seem to be-and never can be.
No man, deep down in the privacy of his heart, has any considerable respect for himself.
Truth is such a precious article - let us all economize in its use.
Independence-is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.
It was in Warwick Castle that I came across the curious stranger whom I am going to talk about. He attracted me by three things: his candid simplicity, his marvelous familiarity with ancient armor, and the restfulness of his company--for he did all the talking.
And always we had wars, and more wars, and still other wars - all over Europe, all over the world. "Sometimes in the private interest of royal families," Satan said, "sometimes to crush a weak nation; but never a war started by the aggressor for any clean purpose - there is no such war in the histor
Now he found out a new thing--namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.
Imagine, if you will, that I am an idiot. Then, imagine that I am also a Congressman. But, alas, I repeat myself.
Is not this insanity plea becoming rather common? Is it not so common that the reader confidently expects to see it offered in every criminal case that comes before the courts?... Really, what we want now, is not laws against crime, but a law against insanity.
Grown people everywhere are always likely to cling to the religion they were brought up in.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
In my schoolboy days I had no aversion to slavery. I was not aware there was anything wrong about it. No-one arraigned it in my hearing; the local papers said nothing against it; the local pulpit taught us that God approved it, that it was a holy thing, and that the doubter need only look in the Bib
Better a broken promise than none at all.
A gentleman is a man who can play the banjo, but doesn't.
Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out.
Familiarity breeds contempt - and children. Mark Twai
Choosing not to read is like closing an open door to paradise
We may not doubt that society in heaven consists mainly of undesirable persons.
I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much of it.
Good wine needs no bush; a jug is the thing.
No church property is taxed and so the infidel and the atheist and the man without religion are taxed to make up the deficit.
I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they mus
Shut the door not that it lets in the cold but that it lets out the coziness.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.