Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
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These Sultans of the fastnesses were turbaned with tumbled volumes of cloud, which shredded away from time to time and drifted off fringed and torn, trailing their continents of shadow after them.
Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.
I was in a fair way to win, now, for it was a dazzling opportunity for an Arab. He pondered a moment, and would have done it, I think, but his mother arrived, then, and interfered. Her tears moved me—I never can look upon the tears of woman with indifference—and I said I would give her a hundred to jump off, too.
There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Fenimore Cooper could write English, but they are all dead now.
Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
December is the toughest month of the year. Others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, October, August, and February.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns a lesson he can learn in no other way.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
It is ingeniously named, for it looks just as a cross would look if it looked like something else.
There is not an acre of ground on the globe that is in possession of its rightful owner, or that has not been taken away from owner after owner, cycle afer cycle, by force and bloodshed.
If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.
We despise all reverences and all objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us.