Mark Twain Quotes


Best 57 Quotes by Mark Twain – Page 1 of 2

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

“All generalizations are false, including this one.”

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

“Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.”

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

“Comparison is the death of joy.”

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

“Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds, on the heel that has crushed it.”

“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”

“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

“Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.”

“Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”

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“History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.”

“How lucky Adam was. He knew when he said a good thing, nobody had said it before.”

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

“I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.”

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

“I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell-you see, I have friends in both places.”

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”

“If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.”

“If work were so pleasant, the rich would keep it for themselves.”

“If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.”

“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.”

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

“Independence is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.”

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