Mark Twain Quotes

There is no such thing as “the Queen’s English.” The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!

Men think they think upon the great political questions, and they do; but they think with their party, not independently; they read its literature, but not that of the other side.

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, […]

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.

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

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.