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Quotes by Mark Twain

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Wikipedia Summary for Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the "greatest humorist the United States has produced," and William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature". His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), the latter often called "The Great American Novel".

Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. His humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published in 1865, based on a story that he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention and was even translated into French. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, but he invested in ventures that lost most of it—such as the Paige Compositor, a mechanical typesetter that failed because of its complexity and imprecision. He filed for bankruptcy in the wake of these financial setbacks, but in time overcame his financial troubles with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers. He eventually paid all his creditors in full, even though his bankruptcy relieved him of having to do so. Twain was born shortly after an appearance of Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it" as well; he died the day after the comet made its closest approach to the Earth.

Quote: A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of mountain at sunset
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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn't ever going to grow dim or doubtful.


Quote: Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of two dogs sitting on maroon area rug
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Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.


Quote: Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of long exposure photography of trees
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Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. As in the words of Wayne Dyer, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Sometimes to know with certainty that a particular thing is "true", will actually be the very thing that keeps you from attaining the things you seek to achieve.


Quote: The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of sunset
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The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.


Quote: A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of woman and man holding hands
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A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. There is nothing more satisfying than that sense of being completely "at home" in your own skin. When you achieve that as a natural state of "being", then you can finally look beyond yourself and fully contribute all your talents to the world.


Quote: If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of fawn pug standing on textile
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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 dog and man.


Quote: Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of blue rose in close up photography
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Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.


Quote: An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of sunset
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An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.


Quote: I can last two months on a good compliment. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of sunset
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I can last two months on a good compliment.


Quote: Sacred cows make the best hamburger. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of cup of coffee
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Sacred cows make the best hamburger.


Quote: God created war so that Americans would learn geography. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of black and gold metal coin operated telescope
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God created war so that Americans would learn geography.


Quote: I am only human, although I regret it. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of kitten lying on red and white quatrefoil textile
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I am only human, although I regret it.


Quote: I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of pink heart art
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I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.


All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. You can "already know for sure" things that could actually impede progress. Always be on the lookout for the things you did not know, that you did not know. Secondly, work on strengthening personal belief that a particular will be achieved regardless of any adversity that may show up, or evidence to the contrary.


Quote: Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of sunset highway
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Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities..


Quote: I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower
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I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.


Quote: The truth hurts, but silence kills. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of two person on the tunnel
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The truth hurts, but silence kills.


Quote: Peace by persuasion has a pleasant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the human race first, and history seems to show that that cannot be done. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of orange and white floor tiles
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Peace by persuasion has a pleasant sound, but I think we should not be able to work it. We should have to tame the human race first, and history seems to show that that cannot be done.


Quote: Architects cannot teach nature anything. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime
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Architects cannot teach nature anything.


Quote: Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of landscape photography of trees
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Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.


Quote: He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of couple sitting on sand during daytime
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He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.


Quote: Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky
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Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.


Quote: Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of dog on pier at water

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.


Quote: The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.


Quote: Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
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Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.


Quote: When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night
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When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.


Quote: Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.


Quote: The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of labrador dog beach wallpaper
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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.


Quote: A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of cute dog on street night scene wallpaper
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A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.


Quote: Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of lit candle in focus photography
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Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.


Quote: Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar
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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.


Quote: Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of sunset
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Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.


Quote: Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.


Quote: A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn't. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn't.


Quote: Do something everyday that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Do something everyday that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.


Quote: Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.


Quote: Jim said that bees won't sting idiots, but I didn't believe that, because I tried them lots of times myself and they wouldn't sting me. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Jim said that bees won't sting idiots, but I didn't believe that, because I tried them lots of times myself and they wouldn't sting me.


Quote: The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened.




Quote: Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.


Quote: I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.


Quote: The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it


Quote: The lack of money is the root of all evil. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The lack of money is the root of all evil.


Quote: We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.


Quote: When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.


Quote: Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now.


Quote: Humor is mankind's greatest blessing. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.


Quote: Write what you know. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Write what you know.


Quote: It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!


Quote: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.


Quote: Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.


Quote: Don't wake up a woman in love. Let her dream, so that she does not weep when she returns to her bitter reality by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Don't wake up a woman in love. Let her dream, so that she does not weep when she returns to her bitter reality


Quote: The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.


Quote: Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.


Quote: It is by the goodness of god that in our country we have those 3 unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

It is by the goodness of god that in our country we have those 3 unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.


Quote: When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.


Quote: When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.


Quote: The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.


Quote: Write without pay until somebody offers to pay. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.


Quote: Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.


Quote: He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.


Quote: The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.


Quote: Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.


Quote: Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.


Quote: Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.


Quote: That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.


Quote: Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.


Quote: Comparison is the death of joy. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Comparison is the death of joy.


Quote: Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.


Quote: Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.


Quote: The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.


Quote: The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.


Quote: When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.


Quote: Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one's head. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one's head.


Quote: Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.


Quote: 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. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

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.


Quote: Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.


Quote: Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.


Quote: Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.


Quote: What is Man? Man is a noisome bacillus whom Our Heavenly Father created because he was disappointed in the monkey. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

What is Man? Man is a noisome bacillus whom Our Heavenly Father created because he was disappointed in the monkey.


Quote: There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.


Quote: Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.


Quote: When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.


Quote: Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.


Quote: Be good and you will be lonesome. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Be good and you will be lonesome.


Quote: Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it? by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?


Quote: In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.


Quote: A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn't ever going to grow dim or doubtful. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

A person that started in to carry a cat home by the tail was getting knowledge that was always going to be useful to him, and warn't ever going to grow dim or doubtful.


Quote: Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.


Quote: There's one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he's crooked. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

There's one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he's crooked.


Quote: A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.


Quote: Worrying is like paying a debt you don't owe. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Worrying is like paying a debt you don't owe.


Quote: Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.


Quote: Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.


Quote: The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.


Quote: Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.


Quote: If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be—a Christian. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be—a Christian.


Quote: In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.


Quote: It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.


Quote: There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Twain with quote

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.


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