Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now.
More quotes by Mark Twain
The person that had took a bull by the tail once had learnt sixty or seventy times as much as a person that hadn’t, and said a person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn’t ever going to grow dim or doubtful. Chances are, he isn’t likely to carry the cat that way again, either. But if he wants to, I say let him!
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
The way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
More quotes about Wisdom
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
Fearful of missing anything, he read on, filled with this anticipation which was half terror, of coming upon something which would touch him, not simply touch him but lift him and carry him away.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
We women are always in danger of living too exclusively in the affections; and though our affections are perhaps the best gifts we have, we ought also to have our share of the more independent life — some joy in things for their own sake. It is piteous to see the helplessness of some sweet women when their affections are disappointed — because all their teaching has been, that they can only delight in study of any kind for the sake of a personal love. They have never contemplated an independent delight in ideas as an experience which they could confess without being laughed at. Yet surely women need this defense against passionate affliction even more than men.
What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye.