I had been to school most all the time, and could spell, and read, and write just a little, and could say the multiplication table up to six times seven is thirty-five, and I don't reckon I could ever get any further than that if I was to live forever. I don't take no stock in mathematics, anyway.
His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.
Principles aren't of much account anyway, except at election time. After that you hang them up to let them season.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
The lie, as a virtue, a principle, is eternal the lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man's best and surest friend is immortal
I have made it a rule never to smoke more that one cigar at a time.
Truth is neither alive nor dead it just aggravates itself all the time.
I am admonished in many ways that time is pushing me inexorably along. I am approaching the threshold of age in 1977 I shall be 142. This is no time to be flitting about the earth. I must cease from the activities proper to youth and begin to take on th.
I said there was nothing so convincing to an Indian as a general massacre. If he could not approve of the massacre, I said the next surest thing for an Indian was soap and education. Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run because a half-massacred Indian may recover, but if you educate him and wash him, it is bound to finish him some time or other.
To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
Time and tide wait for no man. A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around Man waits not for time nor tide.
Old habits can't be thrown out the upstairs window. They have to be coaxeddown the stairs one step at a time.
The law of God, as quite plainly expressed in woman's construction, is this There shall be no limit put upon your intercourse with the other sex sexually, at any time of life. During twenty-three days in every month (in the absence of pregnancy) from the time a woman is seven years old till she dies of old age, she is ready for action, and competent. As competent as the candlestick is to receive the candle. Competent every day, competent every night. Also, she wants that candle -- yearns for it, longs for it, hankers after it, as commanded by the law of God in her heart.
In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that.
Do not offer a compliment and ask a favor at the same time. A compliment that is charged for is not valuable.
The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
A habit cannot be tossed out the window it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time.
We are always too busy for our children we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.
Humor is tragedy plus time.
I've seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true.
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book -- a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice.
There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.
But when the time comes that a man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface
More than one cigar at a time is excessive smoking.
Only when a republic's life is in danger should a man uphold his government when it is wrong. There is no other time.
It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.
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