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326 Famous Quotes by Mark Twain
11/30/1835 - 4/21/1910
Also Known As:  
Samuel Clemens     Samuel Langhorne Clemens     Twain Mark
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About Mark Twain

Be good and you will be lonesome.

Virtue Quotes, by 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... Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Curiosity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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A man can seldom -- very, very, seldom -- fight a winning fight against his training; the odds are too heavy.

Winning Quotes, by Mark Twain

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

Words Quotes, by Mark Twain

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

Politics / government Quotes, by 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.

Politics / government Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Consider well the proportion of things. It is better to be a young June bug, than an old bird of paradise. -Mark Twain.

Age Quotes, by 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 on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. -Mark Twain.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Mark Twain

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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.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by 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 ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Mark Twain

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

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. -Mark Twain.

Age Quotes, by Mark Twain

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History teaches us that whenever a weak and ignorant people possess a thing which a strong and enlightened people want, it must be yielded up peaceably.

History Quotes, by Mark Twain

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By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity--another man's I mean.

Adversity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

Books Quotes, by Mark Twain

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My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine--everybody drinks water.

Books Quotes, by Mark Twain

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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

Books and reading Quotes, by Mark Twain

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The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Cheerfulness Quotes, by Mark Twain

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If you can't get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

Compliment Quotes, by Mark Twain

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I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.

Compliment Quotes, by 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.

Computer / technology / science Quotes, by Mark Twain

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Conformity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.

Conformity Quotes, by Mark Twain

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A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.

Conversation Quotes, by Mark Twain

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