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Quotes by Mark Twain - (175 quotes)

Mark Twain - From the Acceptance category:

- Following the Equator...
We can secure other people's approval if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Acceptance category:

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Accidents category:

There are no accidents, all things have a deep and calculated purpose; sometimes the methods employed by Providence seem strange and incongruous, but we have only to be patient and wait for the result: then we recognize that no others would have answered the purpose, and we are rebuked and humbled. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Aging category:

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Aging category:

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Aging category:

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Ambition category:

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)

Mark Twain - From the Appreciation category:

An author values a compliment even when it comes from a source of doubtful competency. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Art category:

It is a gratification to me to know that I am ignorant of art... Because people who understand art find nothing in pictures but blemishes... (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Audience category:

-in a letter to George W. Cable, Jan. 15, 1883...
When an audience does not complain, it is a compliment, and when it does, it is a compliment, too, if unaccompanied by violence. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Authority category:

Honor is a harder master than the law. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Beauty category:

- Innocents Abroad...
One is apt to overestimate beauty when it is rare. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Belief category:

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Belief category:

Between believing a thing and thinking you know is only a small step and quickly taken. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Books category:

The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who can't read them. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Books category:

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Books category:

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine - everybody drinks water. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Business category:

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Change category:

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)

Mark Twain - From the Character category:

One must keep one's character. Earn a character first if you can, and if you can't, then assume one. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Character category:

A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Collectors category:

There's some human instinct which makes a man treasure what he is not to make any use of, because everybody does not possess it. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Communication category:

I cannot keep from talking, even at the risk of being instructive. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Complaining category:

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)

Mark Twain - From the Complexity category:

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

Mark Twain - From the Confidence category:

There is nothing that saps one's confidence as the knowing how to do a thing. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Contemplation category:

I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Copying category:

- Europe and Elsewhere...
If a spectacle is going to be particularly imposing I prefer to see it through somebody else's eyes, because that man will always exaggerate. Then I can exaggerate his exaggeration, and my account of the thing will be the most impressive. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Courage category:

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Courage category:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Courage category:

It is curious--curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Criticism category:

I can live for two months on one good compliment. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Critics category:

Tomorrow night I appear for the first time before a Boston audience of 4000 critics. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Critics category:

-from notebook, 1904...
The critic's symbol should be the tumble-bug: he deposits his egg in somebody else's dung, otherwise he could not hatch it. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Desire category:

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Desire category:

There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Determination category:

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)

Mark Twain - From the Disappointment category:

- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court...
One cannot have everything the way he would like it. A man has no business to be depressed by a disappointment, anyway; he ought to make up his mind to get even. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Discovery category:

- Eve's Diary...
If there wasn't anything to find out, it would be dull. Even trying to find out and not finding out is just as interesting as trying to find out and finding out; and I don't know but more so. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Doubt category:

- The Great Dark...
Our best built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Dreams category:

The castle-building habit, the day-dreaming habit - how it grows! what a luxury it becomes; how we fly to its enchantments at every idle moment, how we revel in them, steep our souls in them, intoxicate ourselves with their beguiling fantasies - oh, yes, and how soon and how easily our dream-life and our material life become so intermingled and so fused together that we can't quite tell which is which, anymore. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Drunkenness category:

Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Eccentricity category:

Be virtuous and you will be eccentric. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Editing category:

I hate editors, for they make me abandon a lot of perfectly good English words. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Education category:

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Education category:

Some people get an education without going to college; the rest get it after they get out. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Emotion category:

And how moving is the eloquence of the untaught when it is the heart that is speaking! (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Emotion category:

It is easier to manufacture seven facts than one emotion. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Energy category:

-in a letter to Orion Clemens, June 1860...
Sum all the gifts that man is endowed with, and we give our greatest share of admiration to his energy. And today, if I were a heathen, I would rear a statue to Energy and fall down and worship it! (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Environment category:

When a person is accustomed to one hundred and thirty-eight in the shade, his ideas about cold weather are not valuable. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Envy category:

Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Exhibitions category:

- Mark Twain in Eruption...
Was it my conspicuousness that distressed me? Not at all. It was merely that I was not beautifully conspicuous but uglily conspicuous - it makes all the difference in the world. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Expectation category:

A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Expectation category:

A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Experience category:

- Following the Equator...
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 she will also never sit down on a cold one anymore. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Experience category:

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Exploration category:

There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency - and a virtue; and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency - and a vice. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Expression category:

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Expression category:

A good legible label is usually worth, for information, a ton of significant attitude and expression in a historical picture. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Failure category:

It is not in the least likely that any life has ever been lived which was not a failure in the secret judgment of the person who lived it. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Fame category:

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Fashion category:

Their costumes, as to architecture, were the latest fashion intensified; they were rainbow-hued; they were hung with jewels - chiefly diamonds. It would have been plain to any eye that it had cost something to upholster these women. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Fear category:

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Freedom category:

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)

Mark Twain - From the Freedom category:

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its one sure defense. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Freedom category:

Discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Friendship category:

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Friendship category:

-from notebook, 1898...
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Fun category:

A good and wholesome thing is a little harmless fun in this world; it tones a body up and keeps him human and prevents him from souring. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Gender category:

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir. Mighty scarce. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Genius category:

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Genius category:

Hunger is the handmaid of genius. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Goodness category:

God has put something noble and good into every heart His hand created. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Goodness category:

- Following the Equator...
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Grace category:

- Mark Twain, a Biography...
Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Greatness category:

Great people are those who can make others feel that they, too, can become great. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Greatness category:

I was sorry to hear my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I am not feeling very well myself. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Growth category:

What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Habit category:

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Habit category:

Quitting smoking is easy; I've done it hundreds of times. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Habit category:

Habit is habit and not to be flung out the window by any man but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Happiness category:

-Mark Twain in Eruption...
When all is said and done, the one sole condition that makes spiritual happiness and preserves it is the absence of doubt. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Health category:

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the History category:

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Humanity category:

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Humanity category:

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Humour category:

-in J. M. W. Turner's studio...
Whistler exclaimed: 'Don't touch it, the paint's wet!' 'Oh, that's all right,' replied Mark with his characteristic drawl: 'these aren't my best gloves!' (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Humour category:

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Ideas category:

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Illusion category:

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Imagination category:

-The American Claimant...
It is a blessed thing to have an imagination that can always make you satisfied, no matter how you are fixed. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Immortality category:

-Roughing It...
He had a good memory, and a tongue tied in the middle. This a combination which gives immortality to conversation. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Importance category:

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Individuality category:

It were not best that we should all think alike, it is difference of opinion that makes horse races. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Information category:

Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Information category:

Information appears to stew out of me naturally, like the precious otter of roses out of the otter. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Journey category:

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Journey category:

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Joy category:

It is the epitome of life. The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Knowledge category:

It's not what we don't know that hurts us, it's what we know for certain that just ain't so. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Language category:

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Life category:

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Listening category:

Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Love category:

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)

Mark Twain - From the Memory category:

When I was younger, I could remember anything whether it happened or not. But I am getting old, and soon I shall remember only the latter. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Mirrors category:

This autobiography of mine is a mirror, and I am looking at myself in it all the time. Incidentally I notice the people that pass along at my back - I get glimpses of them in the mirror - and whenever they say or do anything that can help advertise me and flatter me and raise me in my own estimation, I set these things down in my autobiography. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Moderation category:

Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Money category:

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Money category:

His money is twice tainted: taint yours and taint mine. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Money category:

-Following the Equator...
OCTOBER: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The other are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Money category:

-Following the Equator...
There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it and when he can. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Morality category:

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Morality category:

Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Music category:

-The Mysterious Stranger...
An ecstasy is a thing that will not go into words; it feels like music, and one cannot tell about music so that another person can get the feeling of it. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Music category:

The late Bill Nye once said, 'I have been told that Wagner's music is better than it sounds.' (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Mysteries category:

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Nature category:

-Roughing It...
Change is the handmaiden Nature requires to do her miracles with. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Nudes category:

-in 1879...
Criticism is a queer thing. If I print, 'She was stark naked,' and then proceeded to describe her person in detail, what critic would not howl? Who would venture to leave the book on a parlor table? But the artist does this and all ages gather around and look and talk and point... (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Optimism category:

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Optimism category:

The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Originality category:

What a good thing Adam had – when he said a good thing, he knew nobody had said it before. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Patience category:

When angry, count to four, when very angry, swear. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Patriotism category:

-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court...
The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Perseverance category:

It's not the size of the dog in the fight – it's the size of the fight in the dog. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Pets category:

-Letters from the Earth, 1907...
I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the 'lower animals' (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Pets category:

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 a man. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Planning category:

A man may plan as much as he wants to, but nothing of consequence is likely to come of it until the magician circumstance steps in and takes the matter off his hands. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Play category:

-Life on the Mississippi...
When I'm playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales. I scratch my head with the lightning and purr myself to sleep with the thunder. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Portraiture category:

-Instructions in Art, first published in Metropolitan Magazine,1903...
I am living a new and exalted life of late. It steeps me in a sacred rapture to see a portrait develop and take soul under my hand. First, I throw off a study - just a mere study, a few apparently random lines - and to look at it you would hardly ever suspect who it was going to be; even I cannot tell, myself. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Possessions category:

Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Possessions category:

-Following the Equator...
Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old, second hand diamonds than none at all. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Possessions category:

Buy land. They've stopped making it. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Possibilities category:

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Preparation category:

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Pricing category:

I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Problems category:

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Problems category:

-Instructions in Art, first published in Metropolitan Magazine, 1903...
I believe I have had the most trouble with a portrait which I painted in installments - the head on one canvas and the bust on another. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Procrastination category:

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Profession category:

A healthy and wholesome cheerfulness is not necessarily impossible to any occupation. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Prosperity category:

To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Prosperity category:

I am opposed to millionaires... but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Prosperity category:

-A Cat-Tale, Letters from the Earth...
No, I have no desire for riches. Honest poverty and a conscience, torpid through virtuous inaction, are more to me than corner lots and praise. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Prosperity category:

Prosperity is the best protector of principle. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Purpose category:

My job is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Questions category:

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it? (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Questions category:

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Relaxation category:

-speech, March 30, 1901...
Diligence is a good thing, but taking things easy is much more - restful. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Religion category:

Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Religion category:

...simple, direct, gracefully phrased; it always sounds swell - In God We Trust - I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Repetition category:

By law of periodical repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again - and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another's and each obeying its own law. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Rewards category:

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Sadness category:

-My Boyhood Dreams...
The dreamer's valuation of a thing lost - not another man's - is the only standard to measure it by, and his grief for it makes it large and great and fine, and is worthy of our reverence in all cases. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Satisfaction category:

If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Seeing category:

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Seeing category:

The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn't indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn't detect. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Silence category:

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Silence category:

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Struggle category:

We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains - chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment - in a word, Circumstance, and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Teaching category:

It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others - and less trouble. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Theory category:

How empty is theory in the presence of fact! (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Thinking category:

We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Time category:

-in a letter to Henry H. Rogers, Sept. 24, 1894...
I have damaged my intellect trying to imagine why a man should want to invent a repeating clock, and how another man could be found to lust after it and buy it. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Travel category:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Truth category:

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Truth category:

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Truth category:

-from notebook, 1898...
Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Truth category:

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Wisdom category:

-Following the Equator...
Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Wisdom category:

A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Wonder category:

Now, isn't imagination a precious thing? It peoples the earth with all manner of wonders... (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Words category:

A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Words category:

I respect a man who knows how to spell a word more than one way. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Words category:

The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Work category:

The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain - From the Writing category:

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. (Mark Twain)



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