Strange is the man who practices his religion.
Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.
If you can't get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.
I don't see any use in having a uniform and arbitrary way of spelling words. We might as well make all clothes alike and cook all dishes alike. Sameness is tiresome; variety is pleasing.
Geological time is not money.
There was no place in the land where the seeker could not find some small budding sign of pity for the slave. No place in all the land but one - the pulpit. It yielded last; it always does. It fought a strong and stubborn fight, and then did what it always does, joined the procession - at the tail e
Many of the cemeteries are beautiful, and are kept in perfect order. When one goes from the levee or the business streets [of New Orleans] to it, to a cemetery, he observes to himself that if those people down there would live as neatly while they are alive as they do after they are dead, they would
A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
Frankness is a jewel; only the young can afford it.
When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy--that it is builded upon a
Humorists of the 'mere' sort cannot survive. Humor is only a fragrance, a decoration.
Teaching is like trying to hold 35 corks underwater at once.
I am persuaded that the world has been tricked into adopting some false and most pernicious notions about consistency - and to such a degree that the average man has turned the rights and wrongs of things entirely around and is proud to be "consistent," unchanging, immovable, fossilized, where it sh
What do you think of the human mind? I mean, in case you think there is a human mind.
There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.
If true, rarely beautiful. If beautiful, rarely true.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
Indeed, none but the Deity can tell what is good luck and what is bad before the returns are all in.
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
One must keep one's character. Earn a character first if you can, and if you can't, then assume one.
I thoroughly believe that any man who's got anything worthwhile to say will be heard if he only says it often enough.
...the circumstances and the atmosphere always have so much to do in directing a conversation, especially a German conversation, which is only a kind of an insurrection, anyway.
My land, the power of training! Of influence! Of education! It can bring a body up to believe anything.
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
My father and I were always on the most distant terms when I was a boy--a sort of armed neutrality, so to speak. At irregular intervals this neutrality was broken, and suffering ensued; but I will be candid enough to say that the breaking and the suffering were always divided up with strict impartia
We like to read about rich people in the newspapers; the papers know it, and they do their best to keep this appetite liberally fed.
A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.
To avoid lying, do nothing that needs covering.
I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.
A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.