A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse.
There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. Mark Twai
Optimist: day dreamer more elegantly spelled. Mark Twai
Pessimist: The optimist who didn't arrive.
No one can tell me what is a good cigar--for me. I am the only judge... There are no standards--no real standards. Each man's preference is the only standard for him, the only one which he can accept, the only one which can command him.
Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponent will do it for you.
I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.
We often feel sad in the presence of music without words; and often more than that in the presence of music without music.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
Low comedies are written for the drawing-room, the kitchen and the stable, and if you cut out the kitchen and the stable the drawing-room can't support the play by itself.
I don't know anything about this man. Anyhow, I only know two things about him. One is, he has never been in jail, and the other is, I don't know why.
The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people, but if we tried to shut up the insane we should run out of building materials.
I am the entire human race compacted together. I have found that there is no ingredient of the race which I do not possess in either a small way or a large way.
Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And hain't that a big enough majority in any town?
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
A historian who would convey the truth has got to lie. Often he must enlarge the truth by diameters, otherwise his reader would not be able to see it.
If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape hanging?
Life is short. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly and love truly.
Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.
They all laid their heads together like as many lawyers when they are gettin' ready to prove that a man's heirs ain't got any right to his property.
Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.
I wonder if God created man because He was disappointed with the monkey.
Heroine: Girl in a book who is saved from drowning by a hero and marries him next week, but if it was to be over again ten years later it is likely she would rather have a life-belt and he would rather have her have it. Hero: Person in a book who does things which he can't and girl marries him for i
Time spent with your children is time wisely spent.
We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any.
Every time I read a Jane Austen novel, I feel like a bartender at the gates of heaven.
Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.
Yes - en I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn' want no mo'.
And I urge upon you this - which I think is wisdom - if you find you can't make seventy by any but an uncomfortable road, don't you go.