When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.
What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light.
If the man doesn’t believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can’t burn him.
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
No man should [do that] unless he is the King of England — or has a tapeworm.
I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.