“Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.
“In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
“In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.
“Few sinners are saved after the fiirst twenty minutes of a sermon.
“Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
“A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose.
“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
“I've come loaded with statistics, for I've noticed that a man can't prove anything without statistics.
“We all have thoughts that would shame the devil.
United States writer and humorist best known for his novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1835-1910)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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