Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to.
More quotes by Mark Twain
In religion and politics peoples beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
He does not care for flowers. Calls them rubbish, and cannot tell one from another, and thinks it is superior to feel like that.
We must annex those people. We can afflict them with our wise and beneficent government. We can introduce the novelty of thieves, all the way up from street-car pickpockets to municipal robbers and Government defaulters, and show them how amusing it is to arrest them and try them and then turn them loose – some for cash and some for political influence. We can make them ashamed of their simple and primitive justice. We can make that little bunch of sleepy islands the hottest corner on earth, and array it in the moral splendor of our high and holy civilization. Annexation is what the poor islanders need. Shall we to men benighted, the lamp of life deny?
More quotes about Life
Why would I want a place of my own? Then I would have to things worry about, like doing laundry and having food in the fridge.
It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.
Zen teaches that if we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform and lighten up about it.
We each own one car, and we have a reasonable house. It’s a lovely place to be, but it’s not extravagant.
My view is, first you get them to laugh, then you get them to listen. So I’m always game for a good joke, and I’m not so formal in this role. There’s very little that we can’t do that people wouldn’t appreciate.
Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.
There is nothing ever wrong with ability, ambition, achievement; but they can easily be wronged by being used to bad ends.