Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
More quotes by Mark Twain
When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy-that it is builded upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them.
There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.
A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn’t ever going to grow dim or doubtful.
More quotes about Wisdom
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.
Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
I recall a most ingenious piece in a Wisconsin quarterly some years ago in which The Recognitions debt to Ulysses was established in such minute detail I was doubtful of my own firm recollection of never having read Ulysses.
The listlessness of it all, the profit off depression, the extinction of an entire species, the chlorinated connections- poisoned just to appear clean.
He that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt.
Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.
Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.