Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
More quotes by Mark Twain
What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder’s moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a priveleged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.
I said there was nothing so convincing to an Indian as a general massacre. If he could not approve of the massacre, I said the next surest thing for an Indian was soap and education. Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run; because a half-massacred Indian may recover, but if you educate him and wash him, it is bound to finish him some time or other.
More quotes about Wisdom
Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?
I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.