Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living.
More quotes by Mark Twain
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.
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.
He has been a doctor a year now and has had two patients, no, three, I think – yes, it was three; I attended their funerals.
Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion – several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven.
More quotes about Wisdom
A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.
It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
And when a woman’s will is as strong as the man’s who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father’s wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father’s care.
The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.
Tis God gives skill, but not without men’s hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius’s violins without Antonio.