There are people who think that honesty is always the best policy. This is a superstition; there are times when the appearance of it is worth six of it.
Human pride is not worthwhile; there is always something lying in wait to take the wind out of it
It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.
When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear.
Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.
Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it
Perseverance is a principle that should be commendable in those who have judgment to govern it
Photography is 90% sheer, brutal drudgery!
The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people
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.
The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.