Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.
More quotes by Mark Twain
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large mattertis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
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.
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 Life
If you can find a way to be truly ambivalent about what people think about you as an artist youre completely freed up because you just end up doing things that turn you on creatively, and then as a person you really try and drown the noise.
Suppression of progress plays into the hands of the social enemy. Every advance in social justice establishes the nation.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Many people are busy trying to find better ways of doing things that should not have to be done at all. There is no progress in merely finding a better way to do a useless thing.
Like all things vast and beautiful, I want to know the depths of which you exist. It has never been enough to wade in the shallows.
I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.