The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.
More quotes by Mark Twain
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
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.
More quotes about Wisdom
Ah! Sir, a boy’s being flogged is not so severe as a man’s having the hiss of the world against him.
Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.
The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.
The sky was the color of hard crimson, dripping down a canvas, the moon splashed silver across red. Her soothing balm healing my soul in swathes of calmness, I breathe in her tides and let my body be washed ashore, lying in the sands of eternity.
A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rule of composition; it produces vigilance rather than elevation; rather prevents loss than procures advantage; and often miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honor.
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.