I like a thin book because it will Steady a Table, a leather volume because it will Strop a Razor, and a heavy book because it can be Thrown at a Cat.
To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.
S'pose a man was to come to you and say Pollyvoo-franzy - what would you think?
Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one. Mark Twai
What is Man? Man is a noisome bacillus whom Our Heavenly Father created because he was disappointed in the monkey.
It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
...heaven for climate, and hell for society.
I believe I have had the most trouble with a portrait which I painted in installments - the head on one canvas and the bust on another.
I was an arden Hayes man, but that was natural, for I was pretty young at the time, I have since convinced myself that the political opinioins of a nation are of next to no value, in any case, but that what little rag of value they posess is to be found among the old, rather than among the young.
I saw a startling sight today, a politician with his hands in his own pockets.
The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is being attacked, and every man will be glad of these conscience-soothing falsities
If you invent two or three people and turn them loose in your manuscript, something is bound to happen to them -- you can't help it; and then it will take you the rest of the book to get them out of the natural consequences of that occurrence, and so first thing you know, there's your book all finis
Modesty antedates clothes and will be resumed when clothes are no more.
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.
I felt so lonesome I most wished I was dead. The stars were shining, and the leaves rustled in the woods ever so mournful; and I heard an owl, away off, who-whooing about somebody that was dead, and a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die;
Guides cannot master the subtleties of the American joke.
Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood.
Always tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember what you said.
My father was a Saint Bernard, my mother was a Collie, but I am a Presbyterian.
It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.
A marriage...makes of two fractional lives a whole; it gives to two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each to perform it; it gives to two questioning natures a reason for living, and something to live for; it will give a new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flower
Modesty died when clothes were born.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Just because youâ€™re taught that somethingâ€™s right and everyone believes itâ€™s right, it donâ€™t make it right.
what is joy without sorrow? what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. itâ€™s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will def
An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.
It is curious and interesting to notice what an attraction a fussy, mincing, nickel-plated word has for you.