If you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. Mark T
In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that.
Marriage -- yes, it is the supreme felicity of life. I concede it. And it is also the supreme tragedy of life. The deeper the love the surer the tragedy. And the more disconsolating when it comes.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
We love old travelers: we love to hear them prate, drivel and lie; we love them for their asinine vanity, their ability to bore, their luxuriant fertility of imagination, their startling, brilliant, overwhelming mendacity.
It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense
I don't know anything about this man. Anyhow, I only know two things about him. One is, he has never been in jail, and the other is, I don't know why.
Experience comes from bad judgment.
I was educated, I was trained, I was a Presbyterian and I knew how these things are done. I knew that in Biblical times if a man committed a sin the extermination of the whole surrounding nation-cattle and all-was likely to happen. I knew that Providence was not particular about the rest, so that He
The lack of money is the root of all evil. Mark T
I have criticized absent people so often, and then discovered, to my humiliation, that I was talking with their relatives, that I have grown superstitious about that sort of thing and dropped it.
It is not what a man knows, but what he thinks of in time.
We take a natural interest in novelties, but it is against nature to take an interest in familiar things.
Of all the unchristian beverages that ever passed my lips, Turkish coffee is the worst. The cup is small, it is smeared with grounds; the coffee is black, thick, unsavory of smell, and execrable in taste. The bottom of the cup has a muddy sediment in it half an inch deep. This goes down your throat,
You can't keep a juvenile moral institution alive on two displays of its sash per year.
Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.
The community is eminently Portuguese - that is to say, it is slow, poor, shiftless, sleepy, and lazy.
Man has been here 32,000 years. That it took a hundred million years to prepare the world for him is proof that that is what it was done for. I suppose it is, I dunno. If The Eiffel Tower were now to represent the world's age, the skin of paint on the pinnacle knob at its summit would represent man'
The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
I'm glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again.
for business reasons, I must preserve the outward signs of sanity.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape hanging?
Thanksgiving Day - Let all give humble, hearty, and sincere thanks, now, but the turkeys. In the island of Fiji they do not use turkeys, they use plumbers. It does not become you and me to sneer at Fiji.
Who knows, he may grow up to be President someday, unless they hang him first!" Aunt Polly about Tom Sawyer
Morals are not the important thing-nor enlightenment-nor civilization. A man can do absolutely well without them, but he can't do without something to eat. The supremest thing is the need of the body, not of the mind and spirit.
If a cat sits on a hot stove, that cat won't sit on a hot stove again. That cat won't sit on a cold stove either. That cat just don't like stoves.
Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.Death, the refuge, the solace, the best and kindliest and most prized friend and benefactor of the erring, the forsaken, the old and weary and broken of heart.
In the South the war is what A.D. is elsewhere; they date from it.