I couldn't bear to think about it; and yet, somehow, I couldn't think about nothing else.
An author values a compliment even when it comes from a source of doubtful competency.
We have to be despised by somebody whom we regard as above us, or we are not happy; we have to have somebody to worship and envy,or we cannot be content. In America we manifest this in all the ancient and customary ways. In public we scoff at titles and hereditary privilege, but privately we hanker
It makes one hope and believe that a day will come when, in the eye of the law, literary property will be as sacred as whiskey, or any other of the necessaries of life. It grieves me to think how far more profound and reverent a respect the law would have for literature if a body could only get drun
Everybody's private motto: It's better to be popular than right.
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved.
It liberates the vandal to travel-you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
Only laughter can blow [a colossal humbug] to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
The soul and substance of what customarily ranks as patriotism is moral cowardice -- and always has been.
I have been on the verge of being an angel all my life, but it's never happened yet.
Geological time is not money.
It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head.
If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape hanging?
A wanton waste of projectiles.
If you can't get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.
Necessity is the mother of taking chances. Mark T
Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
It is a good idea to obey all the rules when you're young just so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old.
I don't believe there is anything in the whole earth that you can't learn in Berlin except the German language.
Wagner has some great moments, but a lot of miserable half hours.
In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
Do something everyday that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
If you take epitaphs seriously, we ought to bury the living and resurrect the dead.
The less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. 46 Sha
We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains - chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment - in a word, Circumstance, and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain.
I have not professionally dealt in truth. Many when they come to die have spent all the truth that was in them, and enter the next world as paupers. I have saved up enough to make an astonishment there.