That is the way of the scientist. He will spend thirty years in building up a mountain range of facts with the intent to prove a certain theory; then he is so happy with his achievement that as a rule he overlooks the main chief fact of all-that all his accumulation proves an entirely different thing.

-Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Mark Twain
Learning softeneth the heart and breedeth gentleness and charity.
Mark Twain

I haven't any right to criticize books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.

Mark Twain
In all the ages the Roman Church has owned slaves, bought and sold slaves, authorized and encouraged her children to trade in them. . . . There were the texts; there was no mistaking their meaning; . . . she was doing in all this thing what the Bible had mapped out for her to do. So unassailable was her position that in all the centuries she had no word to say against human slavery.
Mark Twain

You aim for the palace and get drowned in the sewer.

Mark Twain
the more I know about people, the better I like my dogs.
Mark Twain

The equator was wisely put where it is, because if it had been run through Europe all the kings would have tried to grab it.

Mark Twain
Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so. Mark T
Mark Twain

I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one.

Mark Twain
We recognize that there are no trivial occurrences in life if we get the right focus on them.