A healthy and wholesome cheerfulness is not necessarily impossible to any occupation.
Do one thing every day you don't want to do.
I don't believe any of you have ever read Paradise Lost, and you don't want to. That's something that you just want to take on trust. It's a classic ... something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Figures don't lie, but liars figure.
There is nothing more awe-inspiring than a miracle except the credulity that can take it at par.
Evolution is the law of policies: Darwin said it, Socrates endorsed it, Cuvier proved it and established it for all time in his paper on The Survival of the Fittest. These are illustrious names, this is a mighty doctrine: nothing can ever remove it from its firm base, nothing dissolve it, but evolut
He is now rising from affluence to poverty. Mark Twai
If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.
I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.
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;
To place man properly at the present time, he stands somewhere between the angels and the French.
The self taught man seldom knows anything accurately, and he does not know a tenth as much as he could have known if he had worked under teachers, and besides, he brags, and is the means of fooling other thoughtless people into going and doing as he himself has done.
A sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience.
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
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
Travel is fatal to bigotry.
The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice. Mark Twai
I don't believe there is anything in the whole earth that you can't learn in Berlin except the German language.
That's the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care, individuals do.
The cayote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him, and even the fleas would desert him for a velocipede.
To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals.
Out of the depths of my happy heart wells a great tide of love and prayer for this priceless treasure that is confided to my lifelong keeping. You cannot see its waves as they flow toward you, darling, but in these lines you will hear...the distant beating of its surf.
The lack of money is the root of all evil. Mark T
I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, and it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean.
Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. Mark T
Architects cannot teach nature anything.
I pity the fellow who has to create a dialect or paraphrase the dictionary to get laughs. I can't spell, but I have never stooped to spell cat with a 'k' to get at your funny bone. I love a drink, but I never encouraged drunkenness by harping on its alleged funny side.
Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any.
There is more real pleasure to be gotten out of a malicious act, where your heart is in it, than out of thirty acts of a nobler sort.
I am aware that I am very old now; but I am also aware that I have never been so young as I am now, in spirit, since I was fourteen and entertained Jim Wolf with the wasps. I am only able to perceive that I am old by a mental process; I am altogether unable to feel old in spirit. It is a pity, too,