Who are the oppressors? The few: the King, the capitalist, and a handful of other overseers and superintendents. Who are the oppressed? The many: the nations of the earth; the valuable personages; the workers; they that make the bread that the soft-handed and idle eat.
Man is the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people's countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals bet
Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.
You take the lies out of him, and he'll shrink to the size of your hat; you take the malice out of him, and he'll disappear.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose application of the word. Consider the flea! - incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. Mark Twai
The primary rule of business success is loyalty to your employer. That's all right as a theory. What is the matter with loyalty to yourself?
When a man stands on the verge of seventy-two you know perfectly well that he never reached that place without knowing what this life is - heartbreaking bereavement.
Let us save the tomorrows for work.
Education is what remains when what is learned has been taken away.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
Humorists of the 'mere' sort cannot survive. Humor is only a fragrance, a decoration.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it.
It is better to give than receive- especially advice.
The world doesn't owe you anything. It was here first.
Man is a marvelous curiosity...he thinks he is the Creator's pet...he even believes the Creator loves him; has passion for him; sits up nights to admire him; yes and watch over him and keep him out of trouble. He prays to him and thinks he listens. Isn't it a quaint idea.
Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one.
In love, you pay as you leave.
Every man is a moon and has a side which he turns toward nobody: you have to slip around behind it if you want to see it.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. Mark Twai
In writing, I shall always confine myself strictly to the truth, except when it is attended with inconvenience.
A pessimist is a well-informed optimist.
I could never learn to like her, except on a raft at sea with no other provisions in sight.
That's the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care, individuals do.
Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ainâ€™t got no business doing wrong when he ainâ€™t ignorant and knows better.
Very well, then, where do we arrive? Where do we arrive with our respect, our homage, our filial affection? At Adam! At Adam, every time. We can't build a monument to a germ, but we can build one to Adam, who is in the way to turn myth in in fifty years and be entirely forgotten in two hundred. We c
People who love sausage and respect the law should never watch either being made.
I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute.
And always we had wars, and more wars, and still other wars - all over Europe, all over the world. "Sometimes in the private interest of royal families," Satan said, "sometimes to crush a weak nation; but never a war started by the aggressor for any clean purpose - there is no such war in the histor