There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.
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- Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
- It takes an enemy and a friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart. The one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.
- The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
- I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.
- I have not a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming vices.
- If He Tom Sawyer had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.