Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.
More quotes by Mark Twain
An average English word is four letters and a half. By hard, honest labor I’ve dug all the large words out of my vocabulary and shaved it down till the average is three and a half… I never write metropolis for seven cents, because I can get the same money for city. I never write policeman, because I can get the same price for cop…. I never write valetudinarian at all, for not even hunger and wretchedness can humble me to the point where I will do a word like that for seven cents; I wouldn’t do it for fifteen.
There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial “we.”
More quotes about Wisdom
It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the dear deceit of beauty.
As the Spanish proverb says, He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him. So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.