Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.''
Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.
If there was two birds sitting on a fence, he would bet you which one would fly first.
I admire him [Cecil Rhodes], I frankly confess it; and when his time comes I shall buy a piece of the rope for a keepsake.
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again -- and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
A folksong is a song that nobody has written.