All emotion is involuntary when genuine.
The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be?--it is the same the angels breathe.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. Mark T
We take a natural interest in novelties, but it is against nature to take an interest in familiar things.
The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling;the comic and the witty story upon the matter.
I saw a startling sight today, a politician with his hands in his own pockets.
Labor in loneliness is irksome.
The Autocrat of Russia possesses more power than any other man in the earth; but he cannot stop a sneeze.
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopt.
Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.
Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.
Nothing is made in vain, but the fly came near it.
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.
The choir always tittered and whispered all through the service. There was once a church choir that was not ill-bred, but I have forgotten where it was.
Never miss an opportunity to shut up.
What do you think of the human mind? I mean, in case you think there is a human mind.
Too bad that youth is wasted on the young.
You may say a cat uses good grammar. Well, a cat does -- but you let a cat get excited once; you let a cat get to pulling fur with another cat on a shed, nights, and you'll hear grammar that will give you the lockjaw. Ignorant people think it's the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravati
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.
When an audience does not complain, it is a compliment, and when it does, it is a compliment, too, if unaccompanied by violence.
I wonder how much it would take to buy a soap bubble, if there were only one in the world.
A distinguished man should be as particular about his last words as he is about his last breath. He should write them out on a slip of paper and take the judgment of his friends on them. He should never leave such a thing to the last hour of his life, and trust to an intellectual spurt at the last m
Do your duty today and repent tomorrow.
I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well.
I reverently believe that the maker who made us all makes everything in New England, but the weather. I don't know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in the weather-clerks factory who experiment and learn how, in New England, for board and clothes, and then are promoted to make w
Most people can't bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays. How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?
To say a compliment well is a high art and few possess it.
There are some few people I respect and admire, but I don't think much of the species.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.