I do not see how astronomers can help feeling exquisitely insignificant, for every new page of the Book of the Heavens they open reveals to them more and more that the world we are so proud of is to the universe of careening globes as is one mosquito to the winged and hoofed flocks and herds that da
Whenever the human race assembles to a number exceeding four, it cannot stand free speech.
The two most important days if your life are the day you are born...and the day you find out why having multiple screens for your computer is so awesome because now reports and grants are like a billion times easier!
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. Mark Twai
Water is an individual, an animal, and is alive, remove the hydrogen and it is an animal and is alive; the remaining oxygen is also an individual, an animal, and is alive. Recapitulation: the two individuals combined, constitute a third individual-and yet each continues to be an individual....here w
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. Mark Twai
Love is not a product of reasonings and statistics. It just comes-none knows whence-and cannot explain itself.
Bridgeport?" Said I. "Camelot," Said he.
But we are all insane, anyway ... The suicides seem to be the only sane people.
Travel is fatal to bigotry.
The wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not a
The truth is a precious commodity. That's why I use it so sparingly.
I have seen an entire family lifted out of poverty and into affluence by the simple boon of a broken leg. I have had people come to me on crutches, with tears in their eyes, to bless this beneficient institution. In all my experiences of life, I have seen nothing so seraphic as the look that comes i
In the South the war is what A.D. is elsewhere; they date from it.
Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals.
Twenty-four years ago I was strangely handsome; in San Francisco in the rainy season I was often mistaken for fair weather.
Comedy keeps the heart sweet.
We adore titles and heredities in our hearts and ridicule them with our mouths. This is our democratic privilege.
The so-called Christian nations are the most enlightened and progressive ... but in spite of their religion, not because of it. The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetic in childbirth was regarded as a sin because i
Many of the cemeteries are beautiful, and are kept in perfect order. When one goes from the levee or the business streets [of New Orleans] to it, to a cemetery, he observes to himself that if those people down there would live as neatly while they are alive as they do after they are dead, they would
We all know about the habits of the ant, we know all about the habits of the bee, but we know nothing at all about the habits of the oyster. It seems almost certain that we have been choosing the wrong time for studying the oyster.
Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. Mark T
'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.
from the beginning of my sojourn in this world there was a persistent vacancy in me where the industry ought to be. (Ought to was is better, perhaps, though the most of the authorities differ as to this.
When ill luck begins, it does not come in sprinkles, but in showers.
Brooklyn praise is half slander.
Strange is the man who practices his religion.
Two things seemed pretty apparent to me. One was that in order to be a pilot a man had to learn more than any one man ought to learn; and the other was that he must learn it all over again in a different way every 24 hours.
A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.