I begin to see that a man's got to be in his own heaven to be happy.
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.
We get our morals from books. I didn't get mine from books, but I know that morals do come from books- theoretically at least.
You can never find a Christian who has acquired this valuable knowledge, this saving knowledge, by any process but the everlasting and all-sufficient 'people say.'
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
A man may have no bad habits and have worse
More than one cigar at a time is excessive smoking.
It is a wise child that knows its own father, and an unusual one that unreservedly approves of him.
Wilson stopped and stood silent. Inattention dies a quick and sure death when a speaker does that.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education. Mark Twai
We regret the things we don't do more than the things we do.
I reverently believe that the maker who made us all makes everything in New England, but the weather. I don't know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in the weather-clerks factory who experiment and learn how, in New England, for board and clothes, and then are promoted to make w
A banker is somebody who lends you an umbrella & takes it away as soon as it starts raining.
What a lumbering poor vehicle prose is for the conveying of a great thought! ... Prose wanders around with a lantern & laboriously schedules & verifies the details & particulars of a valley & its frame of crags & peaks, then Poetry comes, & lays bare the whole landscape with a single splendid flash.
Literature is well enough, as a time-passer, and for the improvement and general elevation and purification of mankind, but it has no practical value.
Switzerland would me a mighty big place if it were ironed flat.
Simplified spelling is all right, but, like chastity, you can carry it too far.
That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they donâ€™t know nothing about it.
We all like to see people sea-sick when we are not ourselves.
Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.
No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can't forget. Those are your 'friends
I am not an American. I am the American.
We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
Medicine has made all its progress during the past fifty years. ... How many operations that are now in use were known fifty years ago?-they were not operations, they were executions.
The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the life too closely examined may not be lived at all.
Patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest.
[Do you worry unnecessarily about the future? Remember most fears are just False Evidence Appearing Real. Don't let unfounded fears rob you of the joys of life or you too will say...] There has been much tragedy in my life; [and] at least half of it actually happened.