So much blood has been shed by the Church because of an omission from the Gospel: "Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor's religion is." Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that n
He [George Washington Cable] has taught me to abhor and detest the Sabbath day and hunt up new and troublesome ways to dishonor it.
Bridgeport?" Said I. "Camelot," Said he.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. Mark Twai
When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. Mark T
I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.
If we read the words and attitudes of the past through the pompous "wisdom" of the considered moral judgments of the present, we will find nothing but error.
Golf is a good walk spoiled.
There are 869 different forms of lying, but only one of them has been squarely forbidden. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
It used to be a good hotel, but that proves nothing - I used to be a good boy.
Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.
There isn't a Parallel of Latitude but thinks it would have been the Equator if it had had its rights.
By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Mark T
The first half of my life I went to school, the second half of my life I got an education.
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one - keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
Not a single right is indestructible: a new might can at any time abolish it, hence, man possesses not a single permanent right. God is Might (and He is shifty, malicious, and uncertain).
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing
I do not like an injurious lie, except when it injures somebody else.
The silent colossal National Lie that is the support and confederate of all the tyrannies and shams and inequalities and unfairnesses that afflict the peoples â€” that is the one to throw bricks and sermons at.
Humor is tragedy plus time.
Out of the public schools comes the greatness of the nation.
I am not given to exaggeration, and when I say a thing I mean it.
In God We Trust. I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true.
Faith is believing things you know aint true
I have achieved my seventy years in the usual way, by sticking strictly to a scheme of life which would kill anybody else....I will offer here, as a sound maxim, this: That we can't reach old age by another man's road.
Every man has a secret ambition: To outsmart horses, fish and women.
Simple rules for saving money: To save half, when you are fired by an eager impulse to contribute to a charity, wait and count to forty. To save three quarters, count sixty. To save all, count sixty-five.
But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.