Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.
I freighted a leaf with a mental message for the friends at home, and dropped it in the stream. But I put no stamp on it and it was held for postage somewhere.
These are sad days in literature. Homer is dead. Shakespeare is dead. And I myself am not feeling at all well.
Great books are weighted and measured by their style and matter, and not the trimmings and shadings of their grammar.
I never learnt nothing else out of pap, I learnt that the best way to get along with his kind of people is to let them have their own way.
Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.
The fact is, the king was a good deal more than a king, he was a man; and when a man is a man, you can't knock it out of him.
It doesn't matter the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog.
I reckon the widow or the parson or somebody prayed that this bread would find me, and here it have gone and done it. So there ain't no doubt but there is something in that thing. That is, there's something in it when a body like the widow or the parson prays, but it don't work for me, and I reckon it don't work for only just the right kind.
I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.
Yes - en I's rich now, come to look at it. I owns myself, en I's wuth eight hund'd dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn' want no mo'.
I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome. And it cannot be any benefit when you are tired; I was always tired.
It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed — only a little kind of a low chuckle.
History is strewn thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill, but a lie, well told, is immortal.
Yes, I am of old family, and not illiterate. I am a fossil." "A which?" "Fossil. The first horses were fossils. They date back two million years.
It is some more Moral Sense. The proprietors are rich, and very holy; but the wage they pay to these poor brothers and sisters of theirs is only enough to keep them from dropping dead with hunger.
The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man's.
It was not lively enough for a pleasure trip; but if we had only had a corpse it would have made a noble funeral excursion.
Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
Not a sparrow falls to the ground without His seeing it." "But it falls, just the same. What good is seeing it fall?
Come! surely you've got a heart hidden away somewhere; open it up; give it air; show at least some little corner of it.
At first when the Paladin heard us tell about the glories of the Royal Audience he was broken-hearted because he was not taken with us to it; next, his talk was full of what he would have done if he had been there; and within two days he was telling what he did do when he was there.
The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.
There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory.
Sometimes I feel like the sane person in a community of the mad; sometimes I feel like the one blind man where all others see; the one groping savage in the college of the learned, and always, during service, I feel like a heretic in heaven.
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.
I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being-that is enough for me; he can't be any worse.
The poetry was all in the anticipation - there is none in the reality.
The world is beautiful and dangerous, and joyful and said, and ungrateful and giving, and full of so, so many things. The world is new and it is old. It is big and it is small. The world is fierce and it is kind, and we, every one us, are in it.
Eh bien! I no see not that that frog has nothing of better than another.
We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains -- chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment -- in a word, Circumstance -- and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain.
Everything in a dream is more deep and strong and real than is ever its pale imitation in the unreal life which is ours when we go awake and clothed with our artificial selves in this vague and dull-tinted artificial world.
I had nothing to do but listen to the pattering of the fountains and take medicine and throw it up again. It was dangerous recreation, but it was pleasanter than traveling in Syria.
The old lady whirled round, and snatched her skirts out of danger. The lad fled on the instant, scrambled up the high board-fence, and disappeared over it. His aunt Polly stood surprised a moment, and then broke into a gentle laugh.
Memories which someday will become all beautiful when the last annoyance that encumbers them shall have faded out of our minds.
This book is merely a personal narrative, and not a pretentious history or a philosophical dissertation. It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing, and it's object is rather to help the resting reader while away an idle hour than afflict him with metaphysics, or goad him with science.
It is sound judgment to put on a bold face and play your hand for a hundred times what it is worth; forty-nine times out of fifty nobody dares to call it, and you roll in the chips.
How lucky Adam was. He knew when he said a good thing, nobody had said it before.
The man who speaks an injurious truth lest his soul be not saved if he do otherwise, should reflect that that sort of a soul is not strictly worth saving.
Don't explain your author, read him right and he explains himself.
Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Such is the human race. Often it seems such a pity that Noah.. didn't miss the boat.