Mark Twain Quotes

Who is Mark Twain?

Born as Samuel Clemens but known under his pen name, Mark Twain wrote one of the so called Great American Novels: 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'.

This book was a sequel to 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'.

Born November 30, 1835
Died April 21, 1910

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Best 57 Quotes by Mark Twain | Page 1 of 2

“All generalizations are false, including this one.”

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

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

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“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

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“Necessity is the mother of taking chances.”

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“October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.”

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“Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.’ ”

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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.”

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“The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.”

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“The most interesting information comes from children because they tell all they know and then stop.”

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“There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.”

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

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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.”

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”


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