Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain, "Following the Equator"
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it. Mark Twain, "Following the Equator"
Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's, I mean. Mark Twain, "Following the Equator"
Life was not a valuable gift, but death was. Life was a fever-dream made up of joys embittered by sorrows, pleasure poisoned by pain, a dream that was a nightmare-confusion of spasmodic and fleeting delights, ecstasies, exultations, happinesses, interspersed with long-drawn miseries, griefs, perils, horrors, disappointments, defeats, humiliations, and despairs - the heaviest curse devisable by divine ingenuity; but death was sweet, death was gentle, death was kind; death healed the bruised spirit and the broken heart, and gave them rest and forgetfulness; death was man's best friend; when man could endure life no longer, death came and set him free. Mark Twain, "Letters From the Earth"
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice. Mark Twain, "Following the Equator"
Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned. Mark Twain, "Mark Twain's Notebook"
Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows anybody. Mark Twain, "Following the Equator"