Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
More quotes by Mark Twain
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret anything. That makes you smile.
More quotes about Wisdom
There is this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means; draw it all out, and hold him to it.
Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.
There is no luck in literary reputation. They who make up the final verdict upon every book are not the partial and noisy readers of the hour when it appears; but a court as of angels, a public not to be bribed, not to be entreated, and not to be overawed, decides upon every man’s title to fame.
What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
We had the sky up there, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss whether they was made or just happened.
Men’s actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.
The poets aim is either to profit or to please, or to blend in one the delightful and the useful. Whatever the lesson you would convey, be brief, that your hearers may catch quickly what is said and faithfully retain it. Every superfluous word is spilled from the too-full memory.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.