By his father he is English, by his mother he is Americanto my mind the blend which makes the perfect man.
More quotes by Mark Twain
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.
Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
In Nevada, for a time, the lawyer, the editor, the banker, the chief desperado, the chief gambler, and the saloon-keeper occupied the same level of society, and it was the highest.
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
More quotes about Wisdom
The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they’re gone.
To him whom contemplates a trait of natural beauty, no harm nor despair can come. The doctrines of despair, spiritual or political servitude, were never taught by those who shared the serenity of Nature. For each phase of Nature, though not invisible, is yet not too distinct or obtrusive. It is there to be found when we look for it, but not too demanding of our attention.
He hates chess. He says it is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something clever when they are only wasting their time.
Words are finite organs of the infinite mind. They cannot cover the dimensions of what is in truth. They break, chop, and impoverish it.
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.