It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
More quotes by Mark Twain
If He Tom Sawyer had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else – these are things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
More quotes about Life
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
“You should know our mania for building is stronger than ever. It is a diabolical thing. It consumes money and the more you build, the more you want to build. It’s a sickness like being addicted to alcohol.
If I were required to guess off-hand, and without collusion with higher minds, what is the bottom cause of the amazing material and intellectual advancement of the last fifty years, I should guess that it was the modern-born and previously non-existent disposition on the part of men to believe that a new idea can have value.
When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
Of all the follies the elder generation falls victim to this is the most foolish, namely, the constant criticism of the younger element who will not be and cannot be like ourselves because we and they are different tribes produced of different elements in the great spirit of Time.