Epigrams – page 678
By Mark Twain
like the cat, try to get more out an experience than there is in it. The cat, having sat upon a hot stove
lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. Nor upon a cold stove lid.
is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three
unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and
the prudence never to practice either of them."
- Man is
the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
- I am
an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have
so needs reforming as other people’s habits.
- When I
was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to
have the old man around. But when
I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had
learned in seven years.
are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is
is resistant to fear, mastery of fear- not absence of fear.
- If you
pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between
a dog and a man.
all your eggs in one basket, and --- watch the basket.
- Good breeding
consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we
think of the other person.
- To promise
not to do a think is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go
and do that very thing.
is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs
a step at a time.
- One of
the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat only
has nine lives.
person is born to one possession which out values all the others--- his
is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.