A Tramp Abroad. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Great American Short Stories. Life on the Mississippi. The Prince and the Pauper. Pudd'nhead Wilson. Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack. Shakespeare: A Book of Quotations.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Humorous Stories and Sketches.
The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. The Jumping Frog. To go abroad has something of the same sense that death brings. I am no longer of ye—what ye say of me is now of no consequence —but of how much consequence when I am with ye and of ye. I know you will refrain from saying harsh things because they can't hurt me, since I am out of reach and cannot hear them. This is why we say no harsh things of the dead.
Going abroad we let up on the weight and wear and responsibility of housekeeping—we go and board with somebody, who is suffering it but it troubles us not I am not able to conceive of such a thing as the thing which we call an accident —that is to say, an event without a cause. Each event has its own place in the eternal chain of circumstances, and whether it be big or little it will infallibly cause the next event, whether the next event be the breaking of a child's toy or the destruction of a throne But I like that word "accident," although it is, in my belief, absolutely destitute of meaning.
I like it because it is short and handy and because it answers so well and so conveniently, and so briefly, in designating happenings which we should otherwise have to describe as odd, curious, interesting, and so on One million of us Out of this million ten or twelve thousand are stabbed, shot, drowned, hanged, poisoned, or meet a similarly violent death in some other popular way The Erie Railroad kills from 23 to 46; the other railroads kill an average of one-third of a man each; and the rest of that million, amounting in the aggregate to the appalling figure of nine hundred and eighty-seven thousand six hundred and thirty-one corpses, die naturally in their beds!
You will excuse me from taking any more chances on those beds. The railroads are good enough for me.
When we do not know a person—and also when we do—we have to judge his size by the size and nature of his achievements, as compared with the achievements of others in his special line of business—there is no other way. There is some dignity about an acquirement, because it is a product of your own labor. It is wages earned, whereas to be able to do a thing merely by the grace of God, and not by your own effort, transfers the distinction to our heavenly home—where possibly it is a matter of pride and satisfaction, but it leaves you naked and bankrupt.
It was not that Adam ate the apple for the apple's sake, but because it was forbidden. It would have been better for us—oh infinitely better for us—if the serpent, had been forbidden. Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world. Let us be grateful to Adam our benefactor.
He cut us out of the "blessing" of idleness, and won for us the "curse" of labor. I, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar". III, Vol.
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Advise him how to avoid the like? No—for opportunities to make the same mistakes do not happen to any two men. Your own experiences may possibly teach you, but another man's can't.
I do not know anything for a person to do but just peg along, doing the things that offer, and regretting them the next day. It is my way and everybody's.
You mustn't volunteer advice to a slave-driver unless you want to damage the cause you are arguing for. If you are of any account, stay at home and make your way by faithful diligence; but if you are "no account" go away from home, and then you will have to work, whether you want to or not. Thus you become a blessing to your friends by ceasing to be a nuisance to them—if the people you go among suffer by the operation. Build your character thoughtfully and painstakingly upon these precepts, and by and by, when you have got it built, you will be surprised and gratified to see how nicely and sharply it resembles everybody else's.
Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection—that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement