The truth hurts, but silence kills.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. Mark T
A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.
The fact is, the king was a good deal more than a king, he was a man; and when a man is a man, you can't knock it out of him.
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream. Mark T
I have been an author for 20 years and an ass for 55.
Eventually, I sickened of people, myself included, who didn't think enough of themselves to make something of themselves- people who did only what they had to and never what they could have done. I learned from them the infected loneliness that comes at the end of every misspent day. I knew I could
The only certainties in life are death and taxes.
We can secure other people's approval, if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that.
Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident. Mark Twai
The Autocrat of Russia possesses more power than any other man in the earth; but he cannot stop a sneeze.
The only people that a bank will loan money to is the very people who don't need it.
Comedy keeps the heart sweet; but we all know that there is wholesome refreshment for both mind and heart in an occasional climb among the pomps of the intellectual snow-summits built by Shakespeare and those others.
It is human life. We are blown upon the world; we float buoyantly upon the summer air a little while, complacently showing off our grace of form and our dainty iridescent colors; then we vanish with a little puff, leaving nothing behind but a memory - and sometimes not even that. I suppose that at t
If there is one thing that is really cheerful in the world, it is cheerfulness. I have noticed it often. And I have noticed that when a man is right down cheerful, he is seldom unhappy for the time being. Such is the nature of man.
Suppose . . . burglars had made entry into this . . . [library]. Picture them seated here on this floor, pouring the light of their dark-lanterns over some books they found, and thus absorbing moral truths and getting moral uplift. The whole course of their lives would have been changed. As it was,
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Mark Twai
The timid man yearns for full value and demands a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
These peopleÂ´s God has shown them by a million acts that he respects none of the BibleÂ´s statues. He breaks every one of them himself, adultery and all.
She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.
I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and Iâ€™m not feeling so well myself.
I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.
A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.
When the Lord finished the world, he pronounced it good. That is what I said about my first work, too. But Time, I tell you, Time takes the confidence out of these incautious opinions. It is more than likely that He thinks about the world, now, pretty much as I think about the Innocents Abroad. The
I was dead for millions of years before I was born and it never inconvenienced me a bit.
I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.
Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.
My memory was never loaded with anything but blank cartridges.
There isn't a Parallel of Latitude but thinks it would have been the Equator if it had had its rights.