In our own case--we are not afraid of dynamite till we get acquainted with it.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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I said nothing of the sort.

When a prisoner of style escapes, it's called an evasion.

In Boston they ask, how much does he know? In New York, how much is he worth? In Philadelphia, who were his parents?

The man who sets out to carry a cat by its tail learns something that will always be useful and which never will grow dim or doubtful.

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

Stay away from people who belittle your ambition, small people do that, but great people make you like to be great!

The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.

The truth is, a person's memory has no more sense that his conscience, and no appreciation whatever of values and proportions.

You will be more disappointed in life by the things that you do not do than by the things that you do.

Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it—and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again—and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Wilson stopped and stood silent. Inattention dies a quick and sure death when a speaker does that.

Then pretty soon Sherburn sort of laughed; not the pleasant kind, but the kind that makes you feel like when you are eating bread that's got sand in it.

There are ten parts of speech and they are all troublesome.