Good judgment comes from experience. And where does experience come from? Experience comes from bad judgment.
If a cat sits on a hot stove, that cat won't sit on a hot stove again. That cat won't sit on a cold stove either. That cat just don't like stoves.
If a person offends you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance, and hit him with a brick.
If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
If all the fools in this world should die, lordly God how lonely I should be.
If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
If books are not good company, where shall I find it?
If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be -- a Christian.
If everyone was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.
I have witnessed and greatly enjoyed the first act of everything which Wagner created, but the effect on me has always been so powerful that one act was quite sufficient; whenever I have witnessed two acts I have gone away physically exhausted; and whenever I have ventured an entire opera the result has been the next thing to suicide.
I never write metropolis for seven cents because I can get the same price for city. I never write policeman because I can get the same money for cop.?
I should not be able to make any one understand how exciting it all was. You know that kind of quiver that trembles around through you when you are seeing something so strange and enchanting and wonderful that it is just a fearful joy to be alive and look at it; and you know how you gaze, and your lips turn dry and your breath comes short, but you wouldn't be anywhere but there, not for the world.
I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.
I would do it myself, but my intelligence is out of repair.
I haven't a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.
I no see not that that frog has nothing of better than another.
I started out alone to seek adventures. You don't really have to seek them?that is nothing but a phrase?they come to you.
I was born modest? but it didn?t last.
I would like to live in Manchester, England. The transition between Manchester and death would be unnoticeable.
I haven't any right to criticize books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.
I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.
I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
I was dead for millions of years before I was born and it never inconvenienced me a bit.
I would rather have my ignorance than another man's knowledge, because I have so much more of it.
I know all those people. I have friendly, social, and criminal relations with the whole lot of them.