There is nothing that saps one's confidence as the knowing how to do a thing
There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory. The invention of hell measured by our Christianity of today, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the deity nor his son is a Christian, nor qualified for that
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twai
Circumstance - which moves by laws of its own, regardless of parties and policies, and whose decrees are final and must be obeyed by all - and will be
If the world ends, I'll just head on down to Kentucky because they're always 20 years behind.
Don't go to sleep, so many people die there.
If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know. Mark Twai
I wish Europe would let Russia annihilate Turkey a little--not much, but enough to make it difficult to find the place again without a divining-rod or a diving-bell.
Be good and you'll be lonesome
When some men discharge an obligation, you can hear the report for miles around.
When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.
It will take mind and memory months and possibly years to gather together the details, and thus learn and know the whole extent of the loss.
When you catch an adjective, kill it - perhaps the best possible advice for budding writers.
There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.
I believe I have had the most trouble with a portrait which I painted in installments - the head on one canvas and the bust on another.
There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark T
At noon I observed a bevy of nude young native women bathing in the sea, and I went and sat down on there clothes to keep them from being stolen.
I like criticism, but it must be my way.
Optimist: day dreamer more elegantly spelled. Mark Twai
I'm merely running some errands. This is now off the record.
The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is--a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness.
There are women who have an indefinable charm in their faces which makes them beautiful to their intimates, but a cold stranger who tried to reason the matter out and find this beauty would fail.
Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.
The true and lasting genius of humour does not drag you thus to boxes labelled 'pathos,' 'humour,' and show you all the mechanism of the inimitable puppets that are going to perform. How I used to laugh at Simon Tapperwit, and the Wellers, and a host more! But I can't do it now somehow; and time, it
We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.
Whenever the human race assembles to a number exceeding four, it cannot stand free speech.
Canadian girls are so pretty it's a relief now and then to see a plain one.
Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.