Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial “we.”
More quotes by Mark Twain
I think a compliment ought to always precede a complaint, where one is possible, because it softens resentment and insures for the complaint a courteous and gentle reception.
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.
More quotes about Wisdom
There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles… but there is one order of beauty which seems made to turn the heads not only of men, but of all intelligent mammals, even of women. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle and to engage in conscious mischief -a beauty with which you can never be angry, but that you feel ready to crush for inability to comprehend the state of mind into which it throws you.
One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.
We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.
Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.