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Born: 1835-11-30
Died: 1910-04-21

Mark Twain Biography

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
- Mark Twain
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A classic is a book which people praise and don't read.
- Mark Twain
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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. - Speech in New York, Nov. 20, 1900
- Mark Twain
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A house without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted, and properly revered cat, may be a perfect house, perhaps, but how can it prove its title --from The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
- Mark Twain
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A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. - Following the Equator
- Mark Twain
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A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is just putting on its shoes.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Lying ] [ Truth ]
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A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Mark Twain
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A man is accepted into church for what he believes--and turned out for what he knows.
- Mark Twain
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A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose.
- Mark Twain
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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
- Mark Twain
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A man with a new idea is a crank -- until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain
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A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
- Mark Twain
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A verb has a hard enough time of it in this world when it is all together. It's downright inhuman to split it up. But that's what those Germans do. They take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it a way over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German.
- Mark Twain
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Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
- Mark Twain
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After all these years I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
- Mark Twain
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Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain
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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Old Age ]
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"--a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
- Mark Twain
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All schools, all colleges have two great functions to confer, and to conceal valuable knowledge. - Notebook, 1908
- Mark Twain
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All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. - Letter to Mrs Foote, Dec. 2, 1887
- Mark Twain
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Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
- Mark Twain
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Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Honesty ] [ Integrity ]
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An enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
- Mark Twain
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An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before.
- Mark Twain
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Are you so unobservant that you do not yet realize that sanity and happiness are an impossible combination? - The Mysterious Stranger
- Mark Twain
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At the beginning of a great national change, the patriot is a scarce man: scorned, ridiculed and forgotten. When his cause succeeds, however, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
- Mark Twain
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Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.
- Mark Twain
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Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Health ]
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Be good and you will be lonesome.
- Mark Twain
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Behold, the fool saith, Put not all thine eggs in the one basket, -- which is but a manner of saying, Scatter your money and your attention, but the wise man saith, Put all your eggs in the one basket and -- watch that basket.
- Mark Twain
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Buy land. They've stopped making it.
- Mark Twain
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By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
- Mark Twain
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Carlyle said, "A lie cannot live"; it shows he did not know how to tell them.
- Mark Twain
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Cauliflower is nothing but Cabbage with a College Education.
- Mark Twain
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Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
- Mark Twain
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Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain
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Cold If the thermometer had been an inch longer we'd all have frozen to death
- Mark Twain
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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain
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Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
- Mark Twain
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Describing her first day back in grade school after a long absence, a teacher said, It was like trying to hold 35 corks under water at the same time.
- Mark Twain
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Do something every day that you don't want to do this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
- Mark Twain
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Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
- Mark Twain
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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
- Mark Twain
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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain
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Drag your thoughts away from your troubles.. by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
- Mark Twain
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Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned. - Notebook, 1898
- Mark Twain
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Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.
- Mark Twain
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Eloquence is the essential thing in a speech, not information.
- Mark Twain
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Everything has its limit--iron ore cannot be educated into gold. - 1906
- Mark Twain
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Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
- Mark Twain
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Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
- Mark Twain
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Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
- Mark Twain
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Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion.
- Mark Twain
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Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
- Mark Twain
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Few sinners are saved after the fiirst twenty minutes of a sermon.
- Mark Twain
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Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.
- Mark Twain
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Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain
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Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
- Mark Twain
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Fleas can be taught nearly anything a congressman can.
- Mark Twain
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For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g
j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud
hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld. - A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
- Mark Twain
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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Forgiving ]
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Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
- Mark Twain
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George Washington as a boy was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth - he could not even lie.
- Mark Twain
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Get the facts first. You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Truth ] [ Fact ]
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Giving up smoking is easy...I've done it hundreds of times.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Smoking ]
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Go and surprise the whole country by doing something right.
- Mark Twain
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God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board
- Mark Twain
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Golf is a good walk spoiled.
- Mark Twain
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Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
- Mark Twain
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Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain
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Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
- Mark Twain
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Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
- Mark Twain
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He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.
- Mark Twain
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He would come in and say he changed his mind -- which was a gilded figure of speech, because he didn't have any.
- Mark Twain
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Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
- Mark Twain
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His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket, and there was hardly a hole in it anywhere.
- Mark Twain
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Honesty is the best policy -- when there is money in it.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Money ] [ Honesty ]
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How come we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
- Mark Twain
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How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it.
- Mark Twain
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Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain
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Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.
- Mark Twain
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I admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith. It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.
- Mark Twain
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I am an old man and have a great many troubles, But most of them never happened.
- Mark Twain
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I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.
- Mark Twain
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I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.
- Mark Twain
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I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Mark Twain
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I can live two months on a good compliment.
- Mark Twain
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I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.
- Mark Twain
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I cannot keep from talking, even at the risk of being instructive.
- Mark Twain
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I did it partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again.
- Mark Twain
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I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.
- Mark Twain
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I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.
- Mark Twain
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I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell you see, I have friends in both places.
- Mark Twain
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I find that the further I go back, the better things were, whether they happened or not.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Past ]
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I have a prejudice against people who print things in a foreign language and add no translation. When I am the reader, and the other considers me able to do the translating myself, he pays me the quite a nice compliment-- but if he would do the translating for me I would try to get along without the compliment. (A Tramp Abroad,1880)
- Mark Twain
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I have never examined the subject of humor until now. I am surprised to find how much ground it covers. I have got its divisions and frontiers down on a piece of paper. I find it defined as a production of the brain, as the power of the brain to produce something humorous, and the capacity of percieving humor.
- Mark Twain
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I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
- Mark Twain
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I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
- Mark Twain
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I have spent most of my time worrying about thigs that have never happened.
- Mark Twain
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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.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Music ]
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I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
- Mark Twain
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I never could tell a lie that anybody would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe.
- Mark Twain
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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.
- Mark Twain
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I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.
- Mark Twain
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I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.
- Mark Twain
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I was born modest. Not all over, but in spots.
- Mark Twain
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I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don't know.
- Mark Twain
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I've come loaded with statistics, for I've noticed that a man can't prove anything without statistics.
- Mark Twain
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If a person offend 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. - Advice to Youth" Speech, 1882
- Mark Twain
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If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be--a christian.
- Mark Twain
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If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill always came together, who would escape hanging?
- Mark Twain
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If we had less statemanship we could get along with fewer battleships.
- Mark Twain
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If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a man and a dog.
- Mark Twain
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If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man.
- Mark Twain
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If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Truth ]
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Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.
- Mark Twain
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In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.
- Mark Twain
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In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.
- Mark Twain
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In our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
- Mark Twain
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In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.
- Mark Twain
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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.
- Mark Twain
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In the first place God made idiots; that was for practice; then he made school boards.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ School ] [ God ] [ Idiot ]
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Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its one sure defense.
- Mark Twain
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It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.
- Mark Twain
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It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain when awake.
- Mark Twain
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It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
- Mark Twain
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It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
- Mark Twain
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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
- Mark Twain
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It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
- Mark Twain
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It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity out of it.
- Mark Twain
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It is easier to stay out than get out.
- Mark Twain
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It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others--and less trouble. - speech, 1906
- Mark Twain
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It is the difference of opinion that makes horse races.
- Mark Twain
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It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you the one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.
- Mark Twain
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It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
- Mark Twain
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It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.
- Mark Twain
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It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
- Mark Twain
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It were not best that we should all think alike it is the difference of opinion that makes horse races. - from Pudd'nhead Wilson
- Mark Twain
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It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
- Mark Twain
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It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
- Mark Twain
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It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Fighting ]
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July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Fool ]
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Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.
- Mark Twain
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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain
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Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can read.
- Mark Twain
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Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
- Mark Twain
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Last week I stated that this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister and now wish to withdraw that statement.
- Mark Twain
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Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.
- Mark Twain
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Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Success ] [ Fool ]
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Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
- Mark Twain
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Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.
- Mark Twain
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Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.
- Mark Twain
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Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
- Mark Twain
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Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
- Mark Twain
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Man - a figment of God's imagination.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ God ] [ Mankind ]
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Man is the only animal that blushes -- or needs to.
- Mark Twain
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Man will do many things to get himself loved he will do all things to get himself envied.
- Mark Twain
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Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
- Mark Twain
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Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Bible ]
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My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
- Mark Twain
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Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
- Mark Twain
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Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
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Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it....
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Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
- Mark Twain
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October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. Others are July, January, April, September, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.
- Mark Twain
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Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Sanity ]
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Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.
- Mark Twain
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Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
- Mark Twain
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Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
- Mark Twain
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On his deathbed Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuse are for all -- the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.
- Mark Twain
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Once you've put one of his books down, you simply can't pick it up again. (talking about Henry James)
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Book ]
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One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
- Mark Twain
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Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.
- Mark Twain
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Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
- Mark Twain
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Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom.
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Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
- Mark Twain
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Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Children ] [ Idiot ]
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Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times.
- Mark Twain
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Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain
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Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain.
- Mark Twain
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Sacred cows make the best hamburger.
- Mark Twain
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Sane and intelligent human beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption.
- Mark Twain
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So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.
- Mark Twain
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Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre but they are more deadly in the long run.
- Mark Twain
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Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, and over these ideals they dispute, but they all worship money.
- Mark Twain
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Some people get an eduction without going to college the rest get it after they get out.
- Mark Twain
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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
- Mark Twain
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Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Drinking ]
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Somewhere between the Angels and the French lies the rest of humanity.
- Mark Twain
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Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than on all other days of the year put together. This proves, by the numbers left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
- Mark Twain
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Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain
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The best coffee in Europe is Vienna coffee, compared to which all other coffee is fluid poverty.
- Mark Twain
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The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible.
- Mark Twain
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The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Happiness ]
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The billiard table is better than the doctor.
- Mark Twain
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The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.
- Mark Twain
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The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Writing ]
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The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
- Mark Twain
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The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
- Mark Twain
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The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
- Mark Twain
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The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
- Mark Twain
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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain
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The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong; he can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way. - Speech in NYC, Jan. 22, 1906
- Mark Twain
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The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Book ]
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The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
- Mark Twain
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The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
- Mark Twain
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The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right.
- Mark Twain
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The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
- Mark Twain
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The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
- Mark Twain
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The report of my death was an exaggeration. (New York Journal, June 1897)
- Mark Twain
More quotations on: [ Death ]
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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
- Mark Twain
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The rule is perfect in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
- Mark Twain
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The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.
- Mark Twain
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The trouble isn't that there are too many fools, but that the lightning isn't distributed right.
- Mark Twain
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The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession.
- Mark Twain
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The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain
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The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.
- Mark Twain
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There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.
- Mark Twain
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There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.
- Mark Twain
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There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
- Mark Twain
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There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself.
- Mark Twain
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There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race and finish the farce.
- Mark Twain
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There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate when he can't afford it, and when he can. - from Following the Equator
- Mark Twain
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There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
- Mark Twain
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There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
- Mark Twain
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There is no such thing as the Queen's English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares
- Mark Twain
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There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting.
- Mark Twain
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There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to angelship.
- Mark Twain
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There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
- Mark Twain
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There ought to be a room in every house to swear in.
- Mark Twain
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This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.
- Mark Twain
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Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made.
- Mark Twain
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Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction.
- Mark Twain
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Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
- Mark Twain
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Time cools, time clarifies no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
- Mark Twain
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To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler--and less trouble.
- Mark Twain
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To cease smoking is the easiset thing I ever did. I ought to know, I've done it a thousand times.
- Mark Twain
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Tomorrow night I appear for the first time before a Boston audience of 4000 critics.
- Mark Twain
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Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
- Mark Twain
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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
- Mark Twain
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Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.
- Mark Twain
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
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Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
- Mark Twain
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Virtue has never been as respectable as money.
- Mark Twain
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Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
- Mark Twain
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Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
- Mark Twain
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We all have thoughts that would shame the devil.
- Mark Twain
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We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.
- Mark Twain
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We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
- Mark Twain
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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.
- Mark Twain
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We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty.
- Mark Twain
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We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it.
- Mark Twain
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We consider that any man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia Reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of musical emergency.
- Mark Twain
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We had the sky up there, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss whether they was made or just happened.
- Mark Twain
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We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.
- Mark Twain
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We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.
- Mark Twain
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We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
- Mark Twain
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What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.
- Mark Twain
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What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, what counts is the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain
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When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
- Mark Twain
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When angry count four; when very angry, swear.
- Mark Twain
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When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain
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When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.
- Mark Twain
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When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.
- Mark Twain
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When in doubt, tell the truth.
- Mark Twain
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When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.
- Mark Twain
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When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his private heart no man much respects himself.
- Mark Twain
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When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain
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When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.
- Mark Twain
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Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his atlantic with his verb in his mouth.
- Mark Twain
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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain
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Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
- Mark Twain
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Why shoudn't truth be stranger than fiction Fiction, after all, has to stick to the possibilities.
- Mark Twain
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Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
- Mark Twain
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Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
- Mark Twain
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Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
- Mark Twain
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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
- Mark Twain
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You can tell German wine from vinegar by the label.
- Mark Twain
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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
- Mark Twain
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Youth, large, lusty, loving- Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination
- Mark Twain
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[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.
- Mark Twain
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[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain
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[Mankind] is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it.
- Mark Twain
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