In early times some sufferer had to sit up with a toothache, and he put in the time inventing the German language.

-Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Eating and sleeping are the only activities that should be allowed to interrupt a man's enjoyment of his cigar.

Mark Twain
Tell me about a person's family, friends, and community, and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
Mark Twain

History teaches us that whenever a weak and ignorant people possess a thing which a strong and enlightened people want, it must be yielded up peaceably.

Mark Twain
All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems - problems that are quite above the average citizen's reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best.
Mark Twain

Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people.

Mark Twain
I respect a man who knows how to spell a word more than one way.
Mark Twain

There is no accounting for human beings.

Mark Twain
It is so unsatisfactory to read a noble passage and have no one you love at hand to share the happiness with you. And it is unsatisfactory to read to one's self anyhow - for the uttered voice so heightens the expression.
Mark Twain

Peace by persuasion has a pleasant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the human race first, and history seems to show that that cannot be done.

Mark Twain
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.