Mark Twain Quotes

To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals.

Look at the tyranny of party – at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty – a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes – and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, […]

Anybody can write the first line of a poem, but is a very difficult task to make the second line rhyme with the first.

Poetry, like chastity, can be carried to far.

My usual style of ciphering out the merits of poetry… is to read a line or two near the top, a verse near the bottom and then strike an average.

There is more real pleasure to be gotten out of a malicious act, where your heart is in it, than out of thirty acts of a nobler sort.

There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it.

To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else – these are things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.

Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. If he had […]

Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.