A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
More quotes by Mark Twain
The older we grow the greater becomes our wonder at how much ignorance one can contain without bursting one’s clothes.
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world – and never will.
The people of those foreign countries are very, very ignorant. They looked curiously at the costumes we had brought from the wilds of America. They observed that we talked loudly at table sometimes. They noticed that we looked out for expenses and got what we conveniently could out of a franc, and wondered where in the mischief we came from. In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.
Nations do not think, they only feel. They get their feelings at second hand through their temperaments, not their brains. A nation can be brought – by force of circumstances, not argument – to reconcile itself to any kind of government or religion that can be devised; in time it will fit itself to the required conditions; later it will prefer them and will fiercely fight for them.
More quotes about Wisdom
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always look lovely!
Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man.
You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology.
We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.