There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.
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.
An average English word is four letters and a half. By hard, honest labor I’ve dug all the large words out of my vocabulary and shaved it down till the average is three and a half… I never write metropolis for seven cents, because I can get the same money for city. I never write policeman, because I can get the same price for cop…. I never write valetudinarian at all, for not even hunger and wretchedness can humble me to the point where I will do a word like that for seven cents; I wouldn’t do it for fifteen.
More quotes about Life
We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.
Not only can you not plan the impact you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it when you’re having it.
When you don’t have much money, you worry that they’ll just put you in the ground someplace and your loved ones won’t know where you are.
If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.
You are the fever that never broke, the name stuck in my throat. You are every letter of every word in every poem I ever wrote.
I have been at it ten years. I collect them so that they will not be lost to America. We have no Egyptian mummies here, nor any relics of the Battle of Waterloo nor any curios from Pompeii. It is strictly American.