Even the clearest and most perfect circumstantial evidence is likely to be at
fault, after all, and therefore ought to be received with great caution. Take
the case of any pencil, sharpened by any woman; if you have witnesses, you will
find she did it with a knife; but if you take simply the aspect of the pencil,
you will say that she did it with her teeth.
— Mark Twain, “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar”
to find a motive
in this narrative
will be prosecuted
to find a moral
will be banished
to find a plot
will be shot.
Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.
All I know is what
the words know
and dead things
and that makes
a handsome little sum
with a beginning
and a middle
and an end
as in the well-built phrase
and the long sonata of the dead.
— Samuel Beckett
“Sometimes ignorance hits you”
Husse Mar 24 2007
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
“The man with the best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to go is get up every morning and say, ‘How is the president?'”
You’ll wish that you had done some of the hard things when they were easier to do.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.
— Mark Twain
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”
“The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.”
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”
When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened
or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I
cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to
go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.
— Mark Twain
The bay-trees in our country are all wither’d
And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven;
The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth
And lean-look’d prophets whisper fearful change.
These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.
— Wm. Shakespeare, “Richard II”